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Why Do We Feel Happy After We Exercise?

Updated: Jun 3

We've all felt it: the big smile crawling onto our faces at the end of a workout, coupled with the urge to giggle or to announce "I AM THE QUEEN/KING OF THE WORLD!".

But what exactly makes us feel that way? ⁣

RELEASE OF CHEMICALS⁣


Endorphins ("feel-good" hormones), serotonin and dopamine ("happiness" neurotransmitters), norepinephrine ("alert" neurotransmitter) and BDNF ("brain fertilizer") are all released through exercising.⁣


The combination of these 5 chemicals will instantly boost your mood, and has been shown to help with anxiety and depression.

REDUCTION OF STRESS⁣


In addition to releasing the chemicals above, exercise will also reduce cortisol and adrenaline in the body - chemicals which, when present in high doses, have both been linked to stress. ⁣

SO WHAT SHOULD MY WORKOUT LOOK LIKE?⁣


While studies have shown that just 20 minutes of exercise can boost someone's mood for up to 12 hours, in order to get long-lasting effects, you should have a consistent routine that incorporates cardio, muscular conditioning, and flexibility training into it. ⁣


That means 150 mins of vigorous or 300 mins of moderate cardio activity, 3+ muscular conditioning occasions, and 3-4 stretching occasions every week.⁣

Your body is your temple - treat it well!⁣



Why Do We Feel Happy After We Exercise?


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