Your Brain on Fitness
This is your brain on a fitness high…
We all know the physical benefits of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. But aside from being in awesome shape and looking hot AF, there are a number of mental side effects of fitness — positive mental side effects — including something I like to call a “fitness high.”
Most of us have heard that it’s the release of endorphins that make our brains giddy when we’re active. When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals to fight the stress you’re putting your body through, one of these chemicals are endorphins — which minimize the feeling of pain and can produce feelings of euphoria.¹
Another chemical your brain releases is BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), which has a protective and reparative element to your memory neurons – and can act as a reset button. This is why you feel so relieved and refreshed after exercising.
Combined, these two chemicals can have a powerfully positive effect on your energy, mood, and perspective. This high can last for hours or if practiced routinely, can last continuously. Just from working out, doing cardio, playing sports, or just generally being active, you can change the way you perceive and interact with the world.
I personally experience this every time I exercise; and the good news is, the more often you exercise, the more powerful and consistent the positive effects!