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STUDIO NEWS - Endorphins & Exercise

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Endorphins
“Endorphins are neurochemicals produced in the body in the pituitary gland in response to stress and pain,” explains Dr. J. Kip Matthews, PhD, a sports psychologist. In layman’s terms, they’re kind of like natural painkillers. “They interact with opiate receptors in the body, which then minimizes our pain experience.”
Dr. Matthews says that scientists didn’t actually discover endorphins until the ’70s when a lot of research was being done on heroin and morphine addiction. “They were noticing that there were some specific receptors in our body that the heroin and morphine were acting on, and it didn’t make sense as to why we had these opioid receptions in our bodies,” he says. “That then led to the discovery of endorphins. And in fact, our bodies do produce these chemicals that have this painkilling aspect.”
Endorphins play a role in overall wellbeing by warding off pain & perpetuating pleasure. They work in conjunction with serotonin, ocytocin & dopamine to make us happy.
Exercise is one of the ways to release endorphins. Research has shown that moderate exercise will cause the release of endorphins. There are other ways to release it as well, such as eating chocolate or spicy food, drinking wine, laughing, meditating & having sex.
Focusing on exercise, the feeling you get after a workout can be endorphins being released into your blood system. It’s not just relief that the workout is done! Your body is actually responding to the heart rate & breathing increase. 
So a good workout can be beneficial not only from a physical point of view, but from a physiological one as well.

 

 


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