Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Exercise to Get High

Can you actually get high from exercise? Many people report a feeling of euphoria after engaging in exerting fitness routines such as running, swimming, biking and heavy workouts at the gym.According to Harvard Medical School psychiatrist , Dr. John Ratey, "There is a runner's high but most people really do not get it. Almost everyone, however, gets a boost in mood and usually fairly quickly.

"Dr. Ratey has written a book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain that is due out in January, 2008.While the phenomenon is still not completely understood, studies conducted at the American College of Sports Medicine show that exercise seems to raise levels of various chemicals in our body that help to elevate our mood.

If the thought of getting physically fit and improving your overall well-being isn't inspiration enough, consider that a serious exercise routine may actually give you a "high" and improve your mood.

Taken from : Average Joe Fitness Blog

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