Anyone who works out or who used to work out know’s about the sense of “good feeling” after they complete their workout. Yes, good ol’ endorphins!
But what activates these chemicals? Where does it occur? How long does it last?
Endorhpines are within the brain (along with Brain-Derived Neurotrophic factor aka BNDF) and the central nervous system that activates the opiate receptors, causing a “pain-killer” effect.
According to researcher MK McGovern:
"These endorphins tend to minimize the discomfort of exercise, block the feeling of pain, and are even associated with a feeling of euphoria.”
Now these effects can differ between those who are regularly active and those who are sedentary. What I mean is that an athlete who exercises for 20 minutes will probably not have the same effects caused by endorphins as a person of a sedentary life style who exercises for 20 minutes for the first time in a while.
“Whoa? 20 Minutes, that’s all I need?” YES! I recommend this to people new to working out. Begin your morning with a 20 minute power walk. Focus this 20 minutes on your walk, your breathing, your body. That’s it. Just 20 minutes to start your day. You will be surprise on how great you feel. Start off by doing this three times per week.
Got a big interview? Do you need to conduct a big presentation? Do you have a huge test today? Work out before your big event. Endorphins can last up to 12 hours therefore you become more productive, self aware, more mentally focused and sharp, improving your memory, causing higher thinking, and learning.
There are other ways to release endorphins such as eating spicy food (hot chili peppers), sex , laughter, music, and facing your fears!
This is why I love exercise, this is just one of MANY great benefits of exercise and how it can improve on your life and those around you. Feel good about yourself, your body, your mind, and your spirit. Take care of yourself. Exercise, begin small and build up from there.
Remember: The only person you should be competing against is that person you see in the mirror every morning.