No Pain… Alot To Gain

Everyone has heard the phrase, ‘No Pain, No Gain!’ Some may even have had it shouted in their face while pushing out that last set. It means that by pushing yourself in a workout session or working hard at anything in fact, without pain there will be no gain. If you don’t hurt you’re not working hard enough. But the phrase ‘No Pain, No Gain’ might not be as accurate as we think.

Ok, so we know Endorphins are chemicals in our body produced by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus that have the ability to suppress pain. So what does that mean for us?

When the body experiences pain the brain reacts by telling the hypothalamus to release endorphins so that the pain we are experiencing diminishes. Therefore, by working hard in a training session or doing physical activity so that you’re pushing your body to the limits, over the time of the session endorphins are released and the pain that you feel from that session starts to subside.

Have you ever heard the term, ‘hitting the wall’? Endorphins allow us to hit that wall and then leap over it to reach new heights and goals with its pain suppressing effects.

So when you’re next working out or trying to achieve your natural high and you feel like you won’t make it, never fear, because endorphins are there to give you that little push in your time of need!

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6 thoughts on “No Pain… Alot To Gain

  1. There is nothing like the feeling of endorphins kicking in after a run! I find aerobic exercise not only makes me feel like I’m walking on air afterward, but in the long term, it really improves your energy levels. That makes increasing your gains when working out so much easier! It’s all about improving your heart’s capacity to work, and this wards away lots of health issues. I wrote a blog about the link between exercise and heart health, that might interest you: http://changeofheartau.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/why-exercise-is-a-wonder-drug/

    • That’s a great article! It’s amazing the positive effects that exercise has on the body. I have only really touched on Endorphins and how they effect the body when they are released by exercise, but your blog really displays all the other amazing benefits that exercise provides. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Interesting study Natural High! I’m very interested in seeing how endorphins could be used to enhance people’s lifestyles. I’m a blogger interested in writing stories about the health benefits associated with video gaming and with the recent influx of physical interactive games and consoles like the Kinect, endorphins may be the reason why these games are so popular.

    Take a look at an article I’ve written about ddr-related games!
    Link: http://ourvideogains.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/dance-dance-re-evolution/

    • Haha! I love the dancing Star Wars! Very entertaining blog, and yes you are right in saying that Endorphins would be one of the reasons why these games are so good. Instead of sitting on the couch these games get people to stand up and get moving! Thanks for sharing!

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