Saturday, 30 January 2016

Exercise Can Make You Happy

Exercise Can Make You Happy

I have heard it many times, joggers are on a high after their exercisse so this article did not altogether surprise me.  It certainly is a good feeling after a workout, not least because of the oxygen intake and the sense of achievement.  Albeit, the feel-good chemicals may not even be responsible for the euphoria.


  • Endorphins are your body’s “feel-good” chemicals, but they may not be responsible for the so-called “runner’s high” after exercise
  • Endorphins increase in your blood following the stress of exercise, but they don’t cross your blood-brain barrier and therefore may not trigger exercise-induced euphoria
  • Anandamide (AEA), a neurotransmitter known as the “bliss compound,” increases during and following exercise and may be partly responsible for why exercise makes you happy
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