Do you ever feel like you've acomplished something, and become more happy after workouts? Well, you're kind of forced to. Some even describe the post-workout feeling as euphoric.When you workout, you improve, get more fit and flexibe, those are not the only reasons why you're happy. A study from the American College of Sports Medicine has shown that just a basic 30 minute exercise session can really boost your mood and tackle depression seriously. This does sound familiar, doesn't it? If low or medium intensity exercise is all that’s needed to give yourself a boost, imagine what you can get out of intense exercise..
Now, there's sience behind this, there's three things that make this happen:
Serotonin: It is a neurotransmitter which makes us emotionally stable. Levels of serotonin rise high during exercise, meaning it boosts your confidence and makes you happier. Serotonin produces out of an tryptophan, which is found in bananas, cottage cheese (more reasons to love cheese),chicken, and baked potatoes. Serotonin is also responsible for your sleep and awake cycles, mood, libido and appetite. It is directly linked to feelings of depression and sadness.
Dopamine: Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which makes us feel energised, motivated and upbeat. High levels of protein containing foods such as meat, milk, fish and beans help produce dopamine. Dopamine is factor in developing and strenghtening coordination and muscle memory. Dopamine makes the brain associate happiness with exercise, your brain will then remember the feeling and will be encouraging your body to do exercise, in order to get more.
Phenylethylamine: An naturally occuring neurotransmitter found in the brain, it works as an mood enhancing stimulant, also aiding in the production of dopamine.
Endorphins: They bind to opioid receptors in your brains neurons, altering the number of neurotransmitters which are discharged. It reduces your central-nervous-systems' ability to receive electrical impulses of your nerves which mean pain, this means your body declines the feelings of discomfort, sadness and pain while working out.
So now you know, exercise is truly the key to happiness, not only will you look great - you'll feel better.