#FeelGoodFriday: Hormones and Happiness

Many of us will say we feel much better after physical activity, whether it’s spending time at the gym or going for a walk. Besides burning calories, there has to be another reason for why we feel happier. When we exercise, our body releases hormones which contribute to our mood. Learn more below!
Brad Pitt likes his exercise
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Endorphins are neurotransmitters, or hormones, which are released by the body in response to stress. These compounds are produced by the pituitary gland by the hypothalamus, and work to minimize pain signals. Stress in this context is not just a painful or anxious experience, but any moment your body feels pain!
Why do I feel good after a workout? When you exercise, your heart pressure increases – which convinces your brain that you’re under stress in a fight or flight response. In response, the production of endorphins is stimulated, helping you burn the pain and also feel happier!
How can I maximize hormones to feel happier? The best results come from lifting heavy weights or doing a high intensity workout. You’ll only need to exercise for 20 to 30 minutes until the endorphins kick in to give you that “runner’s high” and help you feel good!
So what are you waiting for? Get up and get moving!
Brad Pitt on a runner's high
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