Good morning! This annoying morning blogger is back in action! haha!I just finished a fabulous 10 mile run and I have those post workout endorphins flowing! Woot! I am fueling up before heading to Body Pump. I gotta PUMP ME UP! (ha…wow I am even annoying to myself this morning! :)) I am not going to lie either…I was really craving oatmeal again this morning (and since I did not take myself to the store yesterday we are still out) so I went o Starbucks again (2 days in a row people!) to shell out another $2.50 for their perfect oatmeal. Oh it is just so good! Okay, Kelly…this CAN NOT become a habit! Someone cut me off! 🙂
Dinner last night was salmon, sweet potatoes and green beans! It was really good. Although I am not a salmon lovah it was, again, all we had (does someone see a grocery store visit in my future today?) so I made do!
So let’s go back to something I mentioned earlier…post exercise endorphins. Don’t you love them! Better than any drug (not that I have a vast experience in that department) but it sounds right! So what are they? The word “endorphin” is a combination of “endo” and “morphine” — meaning endogenously produced morphine, or internally produced painkiller. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain reliever. It may be that the brain interprets exercise as a form of “pain” or it may be that the rise in fatty acids caused by long, gentle exercise acidifies the blood, which triggers the release of endorphins. In any case, you can get from exercise a natural high, similar to a drug high but with none of the bad side effects. People who do long, continuous, gentle exercise enjoy the most effective stress therapy known to man. So, to get your natural high, studies show that 20 to 30 minutes of exercise at 60 to 80 percent maximum seems to produce the best results, but longer duration and lower intensity will also work. The only thing that doesn’t work is short, high-intensity workouts.
What about you, does your exercise make you high?
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