Endorphin’s at the Gym

Hello loves, ❤

I am not going to lie, over the past week my mental health has been all over the place – I understand that my blog is about being at a HAPPY PLACE & things you can do to improve your mental state of mind. HOWEVER… I am human & I can’t always be happy.

Sometimes I have down days too, sometimes even down weeks. Sometimes I am so anxious that I cannot focus at work all day & just go home + go to sleep.

I must admit, going to the gym DOES boost my mood & make me feel better ❤

I’ve pushed myself this week & attended the gym Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (It is now Thursday morning here in Sydney, Australia). I drove myself there after work, even though I didn’t want to be there & I worked out afterwards… I FELT GREAT. I walk in feeling ‘ehh’ & I walk out feeling GREAAAAAT!

Many studies show that people who exercise regularly benefit with a positive boost in mood and lower rates of depression.

Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphin’s. These endorphin’s interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.

Endorphin’s also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neuron receptors endorphin’s bind to are the same ones that bind some pain medicines. However, unlike with morphine, the activation of these receptors by the body’s endorphin’s does not lead to addiction or dependence.

Regular exercise has been proven to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Improve sleep

Just remember that if you are having an off day or even off week, it is okay, it is normal, you are human, these things happen.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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