So what are endorphins? Well we all know that if we exercise our physical condition will improve and we are in a better position to fight disease but it also helps to maintain mental fitness. When you exercise endorphins are released into the brain which is why you get a “natural high” or some people call it “runners high”. Most of us have felt it at some point when you have done exercise and you think – I feel really good, well that’s the endorphins. You can get them from walking or doing something mega extreme like sky diving but the feeling is the same, it’s a sense of euphoria. Here is a piece I found which I thought was worth having a read:
Endorphins are chemicals produced in the brain, which bind to neuro-receptors to give relief from pain. Discovered in 1975, endorphins are believed to: relieve pain; enhance the immune system; reduce stress; and delay the aging process. Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, sending these chemicals throughout the body. Endorphin release varies from person to person; some people will feel an endorphin rush, or second wind, after jogging for 10 minutes. Others will jog for half an hour before their second wind kicks in. You don’t have to exercise vigorously to stimulate endorphin release: meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, even eating spicy food or breathing deeply – these all cause your body to produce endorphins naturally.
So let’s get exercising and releasing endorphins – whoop whoop!