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Why Does Exercise Make Us Feel Good?

women working out on spinning bikes at the gym

Studies repeatedly show that exercising is not only good for our physical health, but also for our mental health. Why is that? When we start to exercise, our heart starts to beat faster. Our brain interprets the increased heart rate as part of a “flight-or-fight” response to an impending danger. To protect itself, and the rest of your body in preparation of the upcoming danger, it releases a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) along with endorphins.

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