Why and how does running make me feel so happy? No matter how foul a mood I’m in, if I go out for a run I come back a completely different person. It’s like I go from this:
HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?! It’s got to be all thanks to our dear friends, Endorphins. What on earth would I do without Endorphins? I just love this excerpt from an article I found on runharderworksmarter.com, it sums up everything we need to know about the feel good effect of endorphins:
“When we run, serotonin levels in the body are increased in our brains, and the effect is a more positive mood. This chemical in the brain gives you a satisfied feeling, similar to being happy after a family gathering, or an accomplishment. While running, levels of epinephrine in our brain, the “stress chemical” are also lowered. This means we feel less rushed, and more relaxed after a low intensity long run.”
Just go for a run, or a swim, or a bike ride, or a Pilates class, or do some yoga, or a crazy Insanity video, something…anything… we all need to release those Endorphins and let them fly around in our brain as long as they can
Because everyone can use a little more rainbows and bunny rabbits in their life. Probably some unicorns too.
Here are a few other fun articles on why running makes you happy: