You have all heard it before. The immediate effect of exercise often labeled the “Runner’s High”. But what really is the science behind the “oh-so-good” feeling you get after your workout? Here are a few reasons why your workout might be making you feel good in both the short and long run.
Endorphins are released in the brain whenever you engage in moderate to vigorous exercise. When endorphins lock to special receptors, they block transmission of pain signals and also produce a euphoric feeling. The effects of endorphins can be felt immediately after you workout and a few hours later.
Exercise leads to increased production of antibodies, which are a special type of protein produced by the immune system. Increased antibodies help your body fight off viruses and keep you healthy in the long run. So yes, hitting the gym a few times a week can save you from being bed-ridden down the line.
3) Increased Overall Mood
A study with over 190 students showed that not only does exercise give students more “pleasure-activated” feelings but they also felt less “unpleasant-deactivated” feelings. Students who did 15 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous exercise were in overall better moods than students that did not.
4) Boosted Self-Esteem
Self-esteem plays an important role in your day-to-day feelings. That’s why something as simple as setting fitness goals for yourself and achieving them can help you boost self-esteem. So next time you feel like skipping a gym session, think about how much better you’ll feel afterwards.
You’re only one workout away from a good mood!