What makes you feel so good after a great exercise session?
What are endorphins?
Endorphins are chemicals produced naturally by the nervous system to cope with pain or stress. They are often called “feel-good” chemicals because they can act as a pain reliever and happiness booster.
Endorphins are primarily made in the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, though they may come from other parts of the body as well. The well-known “runner’s high” that is felt after lengthy, vigorous exercise is due to an increase in endorphin levels.
The level of endorphins in the human body varies from person to person.
What are some healthy ways to release endorphins?
There are many ways to release the natural endorphins from your body – common ways are:
Exercise – especially group classes (we kid you not!)
Listen to music
Eat spicy and hot foods