We all want to live a long, happy and healthy life, right? Well these two things go hand in hand. One of my favorite things just happens to be exercising, but it wasn't that way until I found a type of "movement" that I really enjoy. I don't dread going to the gym now, now I consider it my "me time". But there is another thing that the gym gives me, ENDORPHINS! I didn't realize that this is what keeps me going back! I have more energy and focus when I leave. 

 

Endorphins are defined as chemicals the body releases to relieve stress and pain. They are the result of a natural process, and they are better than opioids according to MedicalNewsToday. For years, researchers suspected that endorphins caused the so-called “runner’s high,” a feeling of euphoria that happens after lengthy, vigorous physical activity. However, you don't only experience endorphins from exercise, they are also released when you laugh, experience gratitude, give to others, and eat some dark chocolate! 

 

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