Does anyone feel elated after they exercise?
Does anyone experience that ‘feel good’ factor?
Studies have shown that increased levels of physical activity can have a positive affect on your mood. Not only does exercise improve your cardiovascular health, but it can also lift your mood and act as a treatment for depression.
The NHS recommend 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week (30 minutes every day), integrating muscle strength training.
When we exercise, a chemical reaction in our bodies causes a release of endorphins, inducing positive feelings.
‘Several studies have shown that endorphins interact with the brain in a similar way to morphine, binding to pain receptors and acting as both analgesics and sedatives – leaving us feeling calm, positive and upbeat post-exercise.’
‘The Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience found exercise to be an effective way of elevating serotonin levels in the brain, with that particular study concluding that ‘it is clear that aerobic exercise can improve mood.’