The last few days have been rough. I am sure part of that is the lack of sugar my body has been receiving and the fact that my job has been super hectic! Not to mention the weather has been really crappy. (Where’s the vitamin D at?)
Despite my bad mood and sugar withdrawal side effects ( headaches, tired, sluggish) I still forced myself to get in a sweat sesh. Yesterday after work all I wanted to do was lay down on the couch with a bag of candy and watch Netflix. But, instead I chugged some water and got to an evening boxing class. Punching a heavy bag for an hour can change your attitude completely. I showed up pissy and not excited to workout AT ALL, and by the end I was smiling, happy, and energized.
So why do we feel better after exercising? Is it because punching things makes you get all that aggression out? Well, yes sure a little bit but it is also those endorphins doing their thang.
It is a proven fact that when you exercise (Punching bags or just taking a nice long walk) your body releases endorphins. These endorphins will interact with the receptors in the brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
The body is able to practice the response to stress when exercising, which means the less active we are the more challenged we are in dealing with stress. Makes sense, right?
So whether you are weening yourself off of sugar, or you are just having a shitty day remember you can change your outlook and mood just by exercising!