Yes, exercise can make you high
Many people use a good walk, run or gym workout to improve their
health or improve their body shape, but did you know that exercise
has positive health effects for your mind as well?
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called
endorphins. Endorphins interact with receptors in your brain to
trigger a positive feeling in the body and feelings of pleasure.
Endorphins can also reduce your perception of pain, often known as
exercise induced analgesia (pain relief). In fact, the feeling that
follows a run or workout is often described as 'euphoric', and it
is often accompanied by a positive and energized outlook on life
The one thing that is known for certain about endorphins is
their ability to make you feel oh-so-good.
So if you are having one of those days and need a quick pick me
up, Diabetes Queensland Accredited Exercise Physiologist Kathryn
Kirchner shares some tips on how to put a smile on your dial:
- The fun fifteen - try 15 minutes of a
fun cardio activity, like cranking your favorite music and
- Take a power walk - even if you only have 2 minutes, go for
quick, brisk walk. This will energise you, and reduce muscle and
- Try an activity that involves relaxation training, for example
yoga or tai chi.
- Practice breathing exercises and techniques.
"Even a small increase in your physical activity levels will
have a positive effect on both your body and mind," Kathryn
"People who make a habit of exercise often say the same thing as
to why they were able to make it stick: 'It makes me feel
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Editor note: Exercise and Sports Science
Australia have recently launched a new 'How to Train Your
Mental Health Monsters' campaign. This campaign aims to
raise awareness of the importance of physical activity in
maintaining good mental health and preventing and managing mental
health conditions. Visit the ESSA
website for further information and some great tips.