Have you ever heard of the term "runners high?" My mom used to say it before she headed out every morning for her 6 mile commitment around the neighborhood. I thought she was crazy, but I was only 15 at the time. Now that I'm closing in on 30, I get it.
Endorphins, wonderful endorphins. That natural high that happens when you exercise. For some people, you get that kick with as little as 10 minutes of intensive exercise, for others it might take 30 minutes or more. Being competitive, I'm dedicated to the 10 minute release.
Regardless of how long it takes, endorphins are one of those things that when released, you know it. What are these magical things? Endorphins are chemicals that are produced in the brain. And the benefits, while temporary, can be extraordinary.
For me, I have renewed energy. For others, pain goes away, many feel a sense of euphoria, and others time travel to new worlds and fly through the universe. OK, those last two are probably not true, but euphoria can make you feel like it, sort of.
Whatever happens, this is a natural high. A great way to turn a bad mood into a positive attitude.
Just remember, that while the release of endorphins won't hurt you, the method you use might, so make sure you check in with your doctor before trying anything too extreme.
Check out this link to a few 10 minute exercise routines. You have 10 minutes! Find it, schedule it, do it.