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.

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1) Endorphins

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.

2) Antibodies

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!

(Click here for my original post from dromo)

Amanda
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