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DrFist

Hey guys, I'm really curious about this feeling of near euphoria I feel post-workout.

Does anyone know what causes this feeling of euphoria after exercise?

This is what I feel:
--Less anxiety
--More motivation
--Clearer thinking
--More mental energy

Has anyone else noticed this?

I've noticed it takes about 60minutes after I've finished my exercise session for me to start feeling this "Euphoric feeling."
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Donnie Hunt

I hear you loud and clear on this. I get this feeling during and after my workouts.
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Nwlifter

Yes, it's the same thing they call 'runners high', from endorphines.

https://www.lehigh.edu/...dmd1/sarah.html

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HeavyHitter32

Nwlifter wrote:
Yes, it's the same thing they call 'runners high', from endorphines.

https://www.lehigh.edu/...dmd1/sarah.html



That's a bingo.
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DrFist

Thanks for the replies!

Does anyone have an article written by Dr. Darden or one of the other HIT gurus?

I've noticed this "post-exercise euphoria" starts working after about 60minutes of me finishing my HIT intense exercise.

What have you noticed?
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DrFist

Does anyone know how much exercise is required for the body to release this "post exercise euphoria"?
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Dan_The_man

Euphoria as feeling of achievement is hard to come by.

Otherwise effecting the normal balance of things can be euphoric. Ever tried smelling salts? Ever had your head held under water for a prolonged period of time? It's usually created by an excess of oxygen or lack of it. Ever had entonox? It's like walking on a bed of clouds and feeling like there's no solid ground underneath - lack of oxygen. Fight or flight - excess oxygen.
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HeavyHitter32

DrFist wrote:
Does anyone know how much exercise is required for the body to release this "post exercise euphoria"?


It's going to be very individual.

I find cardio and even cumulative fatigue training to give this effect in particular.
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Nwlifter

Yep, depends on your pain threshold. The endorphines are the bodies natural 'morphine like' chemicals, they are released to help deal with the suffering being experienced. It can actually addictive, just like morphine.

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DrFist

I'm still trying to figure out if there's a link between training intensity and the euphoria that's felt post-exercise.

Does higher intensity equal a stronger feeling of this post-exercise euphoria?
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DrFist

I forgot to ask:

Does the length of time exercising impact this post-workout euphoria?
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Grant D.

Don't let euphoria bulljive you into exercise complacency and lack of progress.
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Dan_The_man

No there's a cut off point to everything. Unless you've just run the London marathon and came first.
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Nwlifter

Never read a study on that, for me, both can affect it, it seems to be based on the body compensating for high stress, so the more 'trauma' so to speak, the more the chemicals would increase. Only way to know is to try it out and see how your body works. Are you trying to induce this on purpose?
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HDLou

Exercise is natures antidepressant.
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Grant D.

Here is my last Euphoric session that lasted all but about 260 seconds under static load . . .

Leg Press Max Pyramid. Gain in 5 pounds
Pull Down Max Pyramid, Gain in 2 steps and 42 seconds
Shoulder Shrug Max Pyramid, Gain in 7-1/2 pounds and 3 seconds.

Session Notes:
... all exercises gravity circuited
... extreme heart rate escalation after each exercise :) dropped to normal in less than two minutes
... no outroading, no motion, no system fatigue
... ready to rest, recover, grow and gain
... no chalk required


My next session will be in two weeks.

If you want to progress and cannot private message

Cheers Grant...
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DrFist

HDLou wrote:
Exercise is natures antidepressant.


Wow, I've never heard this before.

Do you have any more information on this?

It sounds really profound!
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DrFist

Nwlifter wrote:
Never read a study on that, for me, both can affect it, it seems to be based on the body compensating for high stress, so the more 'trauma' so to speak, the more the chemicals would increase. Only way to know is to try it out and see how your body works. Are you trying to induce this on purpose?


I'm definitely trying to induce this "post-exercise euphoria" sensation!
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DrFist

Does anyone know if there is a link between exercise intensity and the "post-workout euphoria"?

Like if my exercise is of higher intensity does that mean the "post-workout euphoria" will be stronger?
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