Tired, bored or stressed and hesitant to go to GYM? We all feel that way at times. But don’t let that stop you. Physical activity can improve your mood. This is one of the main reasons why most people workout in the first place, to get a emotional high. But how can you get this “high”? The answer is endorphins! What is endorphins? What do endorphins and exercise have in common? How serious or long should exercise be before entering 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.
Physical activity is scientifically proven to kick up endorphin levels. Even just moderate exercise throughout the week can improve depression and anxiety, so much that some doctors recommend trying out an exercise regimen for these conditions before turning to medication.
According to Doctors specialized in this field, the rise in endorphins during exercise can be so powerful that studies have shown it can be just as effective as counseling or medication when it comes to lowering depression and anxiety. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see a psychologist or consider a prescription drug for your mental health—always consult a doctor before deciding a course of treatment.
Research from 2011 suggests endorphin release occurs after 30 minutes of exercise. Moderate-intensity exercise may be best. A 2017 study found that 22 participants experienced euphoric feelings linked to endorphin release after an hour of moderate-intensity exercise.
Please come and kick up your Endorphin at Activ8 Recreation Center. We would like to hear your experience!