Why Do I Feel So Good After Working Out?

Why Do I Feel So Good After Working Out?

Sure, exercise is good for us – we hear about it all the time (and it ends up making most of us feel rather guilty!).

This article answers the question “Why do I feel so good after working out?”

How does exercise manage to make you feel like a happier person and less stressed out, less anxious?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Dopamine – The Happy Pill 


Exercise is a surefire way of increasing the Dopamine levels inside your brain. Why is this a good thing?

Well, Dopamine is pretty much like a ‘happy pill’ that controls feelings of pleasure and happiness/contentment. The older we get, the less Dopamine neurotransmitter we can naturally produce.

So get out there – hit up that cardio and bully your brain’s dopamine production!

 


Controlling Stress


This is quite cool – because we all know how stressful modern work life can get!

When you exercise, you’re actually subjecting yourself to a low-level form of stress by raising your heart rate and triggering a burst of hormonal changes.

So this ‘small measure’ of stress that comes in the form of exercise, is actually training your body to handle the ‘BIG stress’ situations when they arise. AKA – you will eventually be able to handle anything life throws at you (well, within reason!).

 


Boosting Confidence


In my experience, 99.9% of people that are looking to lose weight through exercise, have low confidence…usually because they are ashamed or unhappy with the way they look!

Most people experience some form of low self-esteem when they are overweight – period!

Low self-esteem is a nasty f##ker – it can get in the way of relationships (and your sex life), your career, and it can even eat into your goals and aspirations for the future.

When you begin to notice cardio taking hold, and your body shape changes, for the better – your confidence will begin to grow.

Exercise will not only make you like how you look, it will also make you feel stronger, more independent.

You also begin to feel in control of your body – as you see your body transform through your efforts, you feel accomplished, you now KNOW that you have the power to make drastic changes to your lifestyle.

 


Improving Your Sleep Patterns


When I was in my early twenties, I started seeing the first signs of my lifestyle catching up with my waistline, and I was NOT living in a healthy manner. I can remember that this was a time in my life where I was struggling to get in any sort of natural sleep.

I’ve got an addictive personality – so sleeping pills were never really an option for me…so I had to find another solution.

What was that solution?

Five-a-side football (or ‘soccer’, depending on where you are reading this!).

You see, exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems of insomniacs, and people with similar disorders.

Almost immediately, I felt completely exhausted by about half eleven every night – which was amazing because I NEVER went to bed before midnight, EVER!

I also found that the new exercise gave me a bit of a ‘pep’ every morning, I was now able to jump straight out of bed…instead of crawling out of bed like a zombie!

All of a sudden I couldn’t wait to get the day started – I wanted to get out of bed as soon as I opened my eyes (it was a VERY drastic change from what I was used to!).

 


A Reason to Start NOW!


I know all of this sounds a little intimidating, especially if the whole concept of exercise or healthy living is new to you. BUT, get your head around the following fact…

If you have never exercised before or not for a long time, your happiness gains will be the highest if you start now. When you start exercising, the feeling of euphoria is the highest.

Surely that’s worth trying out?

Giving it a go is the first step!

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

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14 thoughts on “Why Do I Feel So Good After Working Out?

  1. Hi,
    This article was interesting. I have been thinking about getting more exercise lately. I was intrigued by you saying your sleep got better. My sleep has been a struggle for the last few years. I am 29 now and mostly sit at a desk all day. Have you continued to see improvement in your sleep long term? When do you excercise, morning or evening and how many times a week?

    1. Hi Jesse,

      I try to exercise at least 6 times a week but unfortunately my body doesn’t let me go too far these days. I’m in my forties now and I continually see new injuries popping up (which throw a spanner in the works of my workout routine!).

      I tend to exercise more towards the morning if possible – it gives me the remainder of the day to recover! 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  2. Hi Chris,
    Great article on why we feel so good after working out. I’ve been working out for 30 years now and you mention all the reasons why I still do it. I’ll also toss in there that it allows me to eat some of the stuff that isn’t great for me from time to time as well.
    For me working out is such an ingrained part of my life it’s difficult to imagine not doing it. I bike when I first get up in the morning to start my day right. If I am planning on lifting weights and something comes up and I can’t, it makes me unhappy. Working out has so many positive benefits on life in general, no wonder we feel so good!
    Thanks,
    Mat A.

    1. Hey Mat – nice to meet you!

      That’s a really good point about getting to eat the ‘naughty’ things in life – I definitely should have mentioned that in the article above! 

      Sounds like you’ve got a pretty active life – good for you! 🙂

  3. Your article is a great guide for all those who still doubt about the importance of working out and its impact on health and wellness. In older days we would take time to cultivate our gardens. Today, gardens are abandonned and in many countries children do not move enough any more and many of them are overweighted. Does your program apply to children too? What would be your recommendations? 

    Thank you for sharing your experience and insights.

    1. Hmmm children and working out?

      I’ve got to be honest with you Almond – I don’t really go for children working out (it all seems wrong to me!), except for a sporting interest they may have and school etc.

  4. Haha, yes I know this feeling! After going for a good run, I can definitely feel that dopamine rush in my body. Here is something that I wasn’t sure about. I usually go for a run in the morning, and running gets me super pumped for the day. But I find that whenever I go running before I go to sleep, I am usually having a hard time falling asleep. I just am super excited and have a lot of things going on in my mind. Do you think it is okay to go for runs in the evening? I also have found this going to work out right before I sleep. But I also know some friends that only workout in the evenings. Hmm, do you think it is something that I need to work on mentally or do you think it’s something else?

    1. I personally wouldn’t run at night Parmi, I’m a morning runner (I like to get it out of the way!). Besides, I think I’d probably struggle to get to sleep after night running, like you. 

  5. Great Post! It’s kind of funny, because I too had trouble with insomnia for a long time. Soccer was my outlet (and still is) in many ways. 

    I found that the evenings are best for me as long as it’s not too late. 7 or 8 pm is ideal, because after I get home my body starts to ease into rest mode for a couple hours. Once my head hits the pillow I’m out lol 

    Hope to see some more posts like this soon!

    -Jason 

    1. Hi Jason,

      I’m completely the opposite – I find that the evening cardio tends to rev me up somewhat, and I then struggle to get to sleep! Well, each to their own I suppose…

  6. Hi Chris!

    I enjoyed your article explaining why we feel so much better after working out. The details about dopamine and it’s effects on the brain and body were especially enlightening.

    In my younger days I was a runner, 2-3 miles every morning 5 or 6 days a week. I have even completed a couple of marathons. Unfortunately by my early 50’s my body had rebelled and my knees were shot. Now that I’m in my 60’s I still walk regularly with my dog and have found the a drastic reduction in calorie intake is necessary to maintain my weight. Do you have any other recommendations for people in my age group?

    I look forward to reading more from you about ways to stay healthy and fit. And I love the site name “Calorie Ninja”!

    Thanks for providing this useful information.

    Kyle Ann

    1. Well not really Kyle – you seem to be fitting in some sort of cardio with your walks and keeping up a calorie deficit. Dieting is the only other real option but to me – it doesn’t sound like you need it! 

  7. This is very good information!  And I love the title of your site!

     My own health has required me to make some changes and I have to say increasing my overall activity level and adding regular exercise alone has made a HUGE impact. 

    I typically do 20 – 30 of light activity or exercise after each meal.  This also has a tremendous effect on my digestion! 

    Now if there was a way to feel as good before I start.  Sometimes, just getting started is the hardest part.   But once I do, I do feel so much better!

    1. You exercise after eating? 

      Wow that’s a brave one Susan…and not exactly great for your digestion. I would chuck my guts up all over the place if I attempted it!

      Maybe you should consider waiting an hour or so after your food’s gone down…

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