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Why Exercise and Endorphins Make You Happy

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  • Endorphins are your body’s “feel-good” chemicals, but they may not be responsible for the so-called “runner’s high” after exercise
  • Endorphins increase in your blood following the stress of exercise, but they don’t cross your blood-brain barrier and therefore may not trigger exercise-induced euphoria
  • Anandamide (AEA), a neurotransmitter known as the “bliss compound,” increases during and following exercise and may be partly responsible for why exercise makes you happy

By Dr. Mercola

Avid exercisers often enjoy a euphoric feeling after their workouts. Sometimes called a "runner's high," this notable post-workout boost in happiness and energy levels is what keeps many devoted exercisers coming back for more.


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