Exercise leads to the production of endorphins, which relieve stress and lead to feelings of euphoria, often referred to as a “Runner’s High.”
Neurotransmitters are what endorphins technically are- a brain chemical that transmits electrical signals in your nervous system. At least 20 different types of endorphins have been found in humans.
Decreased pain is one of the benefits of endorphins. Ladies- can’t imagine working out while you’re on your period? Give it a try! Exercising can help relieve cramps, I swear!
Opiate drugs likemorphine and codine interact with the brain the same way as endorphins to reduce pain. But endorphins aren’t dangerously addictive! (Although exercise “addiction” is a hot topic!)
Researchers in 2009 found that college crews who rowed together reported a higher endorphin level than those rowing alone, suggesting that group fitness classes and exercise may add to even more of an endorphin boost!
Peppers and other spicy foods can lead to endorphins being released! The spicier the pepper, the more endorphins you’ll enjoy (if you aren’t busy crying about your burning mouth).
Hypothalamus- the part of the brain that produces endorphins.
Intensity affects endorphin production and the longer and harder you workout, the more you’ll reap the benefits of endorphins.
Nom on some chocolate for an endorphin boost! Studies have found that the delicious treat contains chemicals that lead to the release of endorphins. Hooray!
Sex is another way to increase the amount of endorphins you release, so feel free to get busy in the bedroom (not to mention it’s a great way to burn calories)!
(I agree, Elle Woods)