Endorphins are a type of hormone produced in the brain and spinal cord. They then diffuse into the blood and act on the central nervous system.
The effect of the action of endorphins is generally pain relief, but they can also promote a state of well-being. In addition to endorphins, other hormones are also produced: noradrenaline and oxytocin. When a person starts to practice a sport with more or less intensity, the production of endorphins is started in the body and brings this sense of well-being known to all athletes†
Endorphins: What Are They?
Endorphins are hormones released by the body during intense physical activity. They are intended to reduce pain and thus allow the body to respond. It is a natural phenomenon that allows the body to manage pain. So during an effort that is intense and requires a great effort from the body, the body produces endorphins so that the pain in the muscles can passor at least reduce it.
The feelings of well-being that one feels after an intensive sports session can be attributed to this hormone. Endorphins are also associated with feelings of fullness and euphoria. We feel a very pleasant feeling of well-being after a sports session and it has different names such as “Runner’s high†
Sources of Endorphins: How to Secrete Endorphins in Your Body?
The answer to this question is very simple: by exercising. The sources of endorphins are diverse, but to put it simply, sport is the best source of endorphins. Or rather: exert yourself so intensively that your body reacts to the stimulation, so by surpassing yourself a little and not by stopping in the second kilometer of jogging!
Sport stimulates the body and makes the endorphins, which come from your brain. Thereafter, sport also stimulates mental faculties and physiology of your brain!
We can also produce endorphins during activities that have nothing to do with sports, such as sex or massages, or an active relaxation session (tantric massage, yoga and its different dynamic variantsand so forth.†
Sports gives the body five things, five reactions:
- This helps burn calories and lose weight.
- This helps strengthen the muscles.
- This helps to strengthen the immune system.
- This helps lower blood pressure.
- This increases stamina and physical resistance.
It is said that sport is a drug, and it is true, even if it means you’re in a real addiction to chemical reactions, Bogorexia† However, there is nothing better than sport to produce endorphins, other than the direct supplementation of its derivatives (such as a drug injection of epinephrine).
Endorphins: which sports promote release in the body?
The release of endorphins is therefore the product of your body’s response to physical worksuch as running or cycling. This response was named ” the barrage effect by dr. Hans Selye in his book “Stress without Distress”. He describes the barrier effect as the human body’s method of counteracting the throbbing pain of exertion. The pain is felt in the muscles, but it is not due to the muscles. It’s your nervous system that senses it and declares you can’t run any further.
Sports that promote the production of endorphins in the body are:
- sports in winter (the common cold has been proven to add an extra level of pain, promoting a response to endorphins production)
- The bicyclewhether on the road, on a mountain bike or even in an apartment.
- River sports such as canoeing
- Skiin particular thanks to the stimulation of the cold
- Swimming, one of the best exercises for long-term endorphin production as it works the arms and upper body (back, pectorals, etc.), muscles that are often underdeveloped and therefore tire more quickly
- Rungreat exercise for endorphin production
It is therefore almost all exercises that prompt the body to adopt this response. It is important that these sports are practiced regularly and for a certain amount of time. In fact, the body can release endorphins after just 10 minutes of exerciseif the exercise disturbs the heart rate enough and stimulates the muscles enough† The challenge is to keep blood endorphins at a high level without putting your body back into “anxiety” mode, ie by going through the exercise long enough. Otherwise your blood will circulate quickly and be “renewed” without endorphins, and a new cycle is not instant…