How Exercise Helps Stress - Explaining Serotonin and
Endorphins  
by Kristine Clemenger
the brain which in turn activates the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin helps to
naturally balance your mood and emotions.

The other important chemicals that are released when you exercise are endorphins.
Endorphins are powerful hormone-like substances. Endorphins are the body's own
natural pain-killers and also are responsible for the state called "runner's high" -that
rush of great feelings that many serious athletes report feeling. The effect is so
powerful that they cause people to sometimes exercise even beyond what is good
for them and the sense of well being can be so great that it masks pain. Endorphins
are powerful and work as natural analgesics and mimic the effect of morphine or
opiates. They can actually cause you not to feel an injury during exercise. Because of
this, all athletes, whether serious or occasional need to be careful. It is easy for
people new to exercise or new to consistent exercise to overdo it and risk a serious
injury or a minor one that will keep you from staying on a new workout regimen.

Interestingly, endorphins can also be released by getting a good massage,
acupuncture and meditation.

Because of these feel-good chemicals your body produces, exercise can also relieve
anxiety. Many studies have shown the positive correlation between as little as 5
minutes of aerobic exercise an decreased feelings of anxiety. Studies have also
shown that both aerobic and anaerobic forms of exercise reduce feelings of
depression and hopelessness. In addition exercise calms your mood and relieves
various negative emotions such as anger and tension and increases feelings of
energy and vigor.

In addition, people who exercise tend to sleep better. And when you've had a good
nights sleep it is always easier to handle life's problems and stresses.

Studies have shown that after just 12 weeks, exercise can be as effective as
prescription anti-depressants in treating depression. And the only side-effects of
exercise are a better body and better health!


About The Author

Kristine Clemenger, a Holistic Health Practitioner in San Diego, California since 1999,
is the author of many articles on holistic health, fitness and nutrition. She is also a
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) enthusiast. Click on the links below to learn more
about fitness and natural, holistic health, including Aura Patches and EFT.
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You may have heard that exercise is
good for stress. But why? The
answer lies in the various chemicals
that your body produces. When you
exercise many things start to happen
in your body. The heart pumps more
blood to the brain and all the organs
to improve their supply of oxygen
and nutrients which improves overall
function. Exercise also prompts the
body to release two important
feel-good chemicals; Serotonin and
Endorphins.

When your heart pumps harder it
allows more L-tryptophan to enter
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