Feeling Good & Healthy

That feeling you get from a good workout, also known as runner's high, is caused by your body's release of compounds known as endorphins. Recent research from the University of Iowa suggests these same compounds may also play a major role in the way exercise strengthens cardiovascular health. Scientists blocked receptors that bind endorphins in lab rats which, when investigated through testing, eliminated the cardiovascular benefits of exercise. This made the rats more susceptible to heart attacks and less able to fully recover from such events.

The Bigger Picture: This study directly links the health benefits of exercise with the sensation of exhilaration generally associated with vigorous training. You know that feeling you get when you turn down an unhealthy snack and like what you see in the mirror? There's strong evidence that the health benefits of maintaining the right weight are equally positive. So eat right, exercise daily and enjoy the good life.
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