'Runner's High' Is More Than Endorphins
Researchers have discovered the hormone leptin affects our motivation to run and contributes to the euphoria we feel.By Katie Link | September 2, 2015
It's no secret that exercise makes you feel better. Your brain releases endorphins during prolonged physical movement that give you a sense of euphoria. Well, researchers out of the University of Montreal say endorphins aren't the only reason you feel happy at the end of your jog. (Video via The White House)
In a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers say the hormone leptin also impacts how you feel while running.
Leptin helps control your body's energy and is credited with telling your brain when your stomach is or isn't full. Research shows your leptin levels fall when you run, which makes you feel hungry. In response, your body releases dopamine and with it, a jolt of happiness — commonly referred to as a "runner's high." (Video via Running Number)