A New Form of Pain Management?
- Jul 29, 2014
- Dr. Asa Andrew
When we exercise we prduce some powerful chemicals known as endorphins that can make us feel amazing. Ever heard of a runners high? Research tells us now that regular exercise can boost our mood and ward off depression and anxiety. These endorphins act as an analgesic similar to the effects of morphine. That is why after a great walk or run, many people have that feeling of euphoria. The great news is that usually all types of exercise can produce this result. The effects of most types of exercise on the neurotransmitters of serotonin and dopamine have shown in numerous studies to improve mood and boost daily productivity. Consider adding exercise to your daily routine. If you are feeling anxious or depressed, take a walk instead of the donut and see if you don’t feel better and can create new healthy habits to improve your health and your life.
*Exercise is Medicine is a campaign of the American College of Sports Medicine for health care professionals to encourage exercise for improving overall health.