Lets talk about endorphins! When you exercise, your body produces chemicals, these chemicals are endorphins. Endorphins interact with receptors in the brain and change your body’s perception to pain. After an intense workout, people experience incredible highs, a feeling of euphoria that makes them feel invincible. That feeling is accompanied by a positive and energetic attitude towards life.
Endorphins are produced in the brain, the spinal cord and other parts of the anatomy. With similar characteristics to morphine, endorphins act as a sedative and pain reducer. The feeling of an endorphin rush can become addictive, hence the terms ‘gym rats’, ‘gym junkies’ etc, for those individuals that are considered ‘obsessed’ with exercise. However an addiction that causes you to have benefits such as more energy, a higher level of confidence, better aesthetics, less stress and plenty more can’t be bad can it!?
This study below goes onto highlight how effective exercise can be as an anti-depressant with results showing greater recovery in individuals participating in exercise as apposed to taking medication.
So keeping all of this in mind, exercise really is the most underutilized anti-depressant there is, and if you have never experienced an endorphin rush, I promise you it’s one of life’s greatest NATURAL highs.
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