Thursday, July 7, 2011
Curb Appetite and Energize Your Body
Have you ever noticed that even if you don't want to workout and you force yourself to push through, you're always glad you did? Well, it could be more than just a sense of self accomplishment. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins. What are endorphins you say? "Endorphins are neurotransmitters produced in the brain that reduce pain," says Alan Hirsch, MD, neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. "They have also been known to induce euphoria."
Euphoria, eh? You may be saying, I know what that is, but running on a treadmill on incline is not my idea of Shangri La.
Well here's some good news for those of us who aren't into intense, sweat-dripping exercise: there's more than one path to paradise. Endorphins can be released from a variety of activities including yoga, meditation, walks on the beach, and of course, sex.
So why are endorphins so important? Besides reducing pain and making us feel good, endorphins also curb appetite and have been shown to regulate hormone production. These effects can last for up to 12 hours after the activity is over too! Wow! How's that for a natural high?
So if you're looking for a rush, reach for some endorphins. Your body will thank you ^-^