WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR BRAIN WHEN YOU WORK OUT?
Training does brilliant things with our bodies, that’s no news. What’s more fascinating is what it does to our brains. You may have heard of runners high. In fact intense exercise can put the mind in just as euphoric state when the substances released by your movement enters your brain. Free and completely legal. All you have to do is put in the work. Chase the exerhighs! #EXERHIGHS
A GATEWAY TO MENTAL BLISS
Endorphins is a pain-relieving hormone and one of the key ingredients in happiness. They are released in prefrontal cortex and in the limbic system, two systems that are central for emotions. When endorphins interact with receptors in the brain, the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine and norepinephrine are changed which releases a sense of happiness and strength.
HIGHLY ADDICTIVE, HANDLE WITH CARE
Dopamine is the most important neurotransmitter in the brain’s reward system and perhaps the most well-known. Some behaviors, such as eating good food, sex and work-outs, releases dopamine and leads to positive emotions, which encourages us to repeat these behaviors. We can therefore become addicted to dopamine and endorphins in the same way as we can become addicted to drugs (or sex or working out).
THIS IS BASICALLY A HAPPY PILL
Serotonin plays an essential role in our psychological wellness. It’s responsible for good moods and feeling calm. The optimal amount of exercise needed to enhance serotonin synthesis in the brain is 3 hours weekly, or 30 minutes most days of the week.
PEOPLE BECOME JUNKIES ON THIS
A hormone from the adrenal gland that stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. It gives you higher blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar. It’s a rush! The blood vessels of the body pull together, even pupils widen and you become less sensitive to pain.