Most people start exercise to lose weight and to look better…
Obviously if you are looking better you feel better…
But there is a much deeper connection between our feeling of happiness and exercising regularly.
WHAT TRIGGERS HAPPINESS IN OUR BRAIN WHEN WE EXERCISE?
Most of us are aware of what happens to the body when we exercise. We lose fat, build muscle and tone up.
Daily activities like stairs becomes easier.
What about the connection with our brain though!?
Our brain becomes a lot more active than when sitting down!!
When you start exercising, your brain recognises it as a moment of stress… your heart pressure increases, and your brain triggers similar effects to either flight or fight.
To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This acts as reset switch. That’s why we often feel so at ease and things are clear after exercising and eventually happy : )
At the same time, endorphins, another chemical to fight stress, are released in your brain.
These endorphins help the discomfort of exercise, block the feeling of pain and are even associated with a feeling of euphoria!!
The protein BDNF and Endorphins give an addictive behaviour like morphine, heroine or nicotine. The only difference???
IT’S GOOD FOR US!!
“YOU ARE ONLY
A GOOD MOOD”