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!