When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with your brain and trigger a positive feeling in the body.
That euphoric feeling after you take a brisk walk in the morning is often accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life. Endorphins are one of the best natural chemicals to diminish the perception of pain while producing positive mental stimulation.
Manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and throughout your body, endorphins are released in response to neurotransmitters. Endorphins interact with these neurotransmitters similar to morphine, acting like a “sedative” to calm and relax. But unlike morphine, the activation of these receptors from endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence. Though once you begin waking up early and exercising regularly you might argue that the release of endorphins is addictive.
Science has found that regular exercise and the effect of endorphins on the body has been proven to:
- Reduce stress
- Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
- Boost self-esteem
- Improve sleep
Try to exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week. Studies indicate that exercising four or five times a week is even better. Take it easy if you are just beginning. Start exercising for 20 minutes. Then you can build up to 30 minutes.
Tips for Getting Started
Don’t go hog wild. Start simple with some sort of cardio, but whatever you do, make sure you plan it! Make it a part of your daily schedule. When you start feeling comfortable with your routine, then you can start adding or varying your exercise times and activities. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Make it fun. Choose activities you enjoy.
- Put a reminder in your phone.
- Don’t allow yourself to get bored. If needed, get together with friends.
- Don’t go out and buy work out equipment. Exercise should not break the bank.
- Don’t give up. Stick with it and you will find you can’t wait to get back on the road, treadmill or in the gym. You will feel better and want to increase what you are doing.