Have you ever wondered why you feel better or more energize after a good workout? Our bodies release neurochemicals called endorphins when we are active. When we are involved in activity, especially during a workout, our central nervous system coordinates the activity of all the body parts needed to create the movement. Endorphins then act on the opiate receptors in our brains to reduce pain and boost pleasure causing an increase in mood and feeling of well-being.
Endorphins are a large group of peptides that are produced by the central nervous system (CNS) and the pituitary gland. When we apply stress to a muscle, our CNS responds by releasing endorphins to recover the stress. Endorphins are made up of peptides which are short strings of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins which create muscle growth.
Strength training is a perfect example of how our endorphins respond to activity. When we apply stress such as strength training to our muscles, the endorphins respond by releasing amino acids to repair the stress applied to the muscle.
Endorphins are also the feel good hormone that improves our mental health. They not only release to relieve pain; they enhance pleasure as well. When endorphins are released they can alleviate depression and anxiety while reducing stress and boosting your self-esteem. This is why people typically feel better after they complete a good workout. You will often notice a change in your mood before you see a change in your body’s composition, which will lead to more motivation during your workouts.
Most people will say their mood improves after a workout, but they can’t explain why. Endorphin release is exactly what causes an increase in their mood. When we are in pain, endorphins are what makes us feel better. When we are sad or stressed, this hormone release is what makes us feel happy and confident. When you are sore, in pain, angry, or overwhelmed, try to stay active. Our bodies always respond well and support the progression.
Sports & Fitness Coordinator