That post exercise bliss…

Any exercise enthusiasts, especially the runners out there would have heard of Endorphins, or the “runners high” .

So why do we feel so good (give or tack 5 min) post exercise?

With all the marathon craze in the 80’s. Runners were reporting a “euphoric like” feeling after their run.

So…were the runners telling the truth in regards to there feeling of euphoria? well yes for sure (subjectively). We know from science these euphoric feelings and pain inhibition have been reported in many other sports not just including running.

So what are we dealing with then?

Endorphins. If we break it down to two syllables… Endor = Endogenous (processes that originate within an organism) and Phine = morphine. If we look at morphine we know if we take an opioid  such as paracetamol, there will be a pharmacokinetic interaction within the organism and because the brain has mu-opioid receptors, pain signaling can be blocked, and an analgesic feeling will be met (in very basic terms you don’t feel pain)

So have I got of topic?

Not quite…here is where I am getting at…

We now know that the brain cannot make it’s own endorphins….WHAT!

So what happens then?

Neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine and one which you may of not heard of called Anandamide are abundantly released when we exercise (more so aerobically), and then the above can cross the blood brain barrier were it can influence the central nervous system (and US) can you see where I am getting at?. We know serotonin is the feel good neuromodulator. And you now know that Anandamide increases motivation and pleasure (that’s why you come back for more exercise), anandamide influences dopaminergic neurons in the Nucleus accumbens. This is GOOD!!! (just nod with me here peeps)

So peeps, what is really happening is that with exercise you are stimulating/arousing big players in the human body (periphery) and this is giving you your “euphoric’ like feeling…

Of course intensity, environmental factors and the HPA axis can influence the above, but very interesting nonetheless.

And when you think about it…’s in a biology and genetics to move. So it makes sense that we have powerful systems in this amazing body of ours.

Next post I will delve more into the Endocannabinoid system and it’s effects on exercise.


Happy reading peeps 🙂









Don’t become the common denominator.

I am a big fan of the Dalai Lama. His Holiness core values of compassion, empathy and loving-kindness is what I implement in my daily practices, and in all honesty humanity can’t survive without it.

Compassion, empathy and loving-kindness is innate, it’s in our DNA. But somehow as human beings we can let this all slip by. Globally we are getting more demented, more obese and mentally unwell. So when one medical/health professional is dealing with the previous noted on a daily basis you could easily forgive one for loosing their compassion, empathy and loving kindness right?

So what motivates a medical/health professional? You could easily say to give compassion, empathy and loving-kindness to all that one sees. But what I am getting at here peeps is that I am continually seeing patients who have lost faith and hope because their medical/health paraprofessional’s have become numb.

I recently had a consult with a patient that had been through different specialists and only given meds and cortisones. And when all didn’t have a beneficial intervention, hope was lost and “I can’t help you any more” was the the prescription….

Now to reduce my bias, this isn’t the “common denominator”. But this is happening far too often. And when you have a M.D in front of your name, and access to more meds than corner deli’s it’s easy to get the pen and pad out.

when we have to deal with sickness on a daily basis it’s easy to loose mindfulness of ourself, and so easy to comply to ones want for a “quick fix”. But with my patient, she went to a wonderful Osteopath first who shows an abundance of compassion, empathy and loving-kindness. This restores a bond, a connection and hope. And by looking at a human being as a whole, pain, behaviour, movement, oxidative stress and inflammation can be restored and homoeostasis can take charge. How can corticosteroid’s have an affect when a patient hasn’t a good night sleep for five months? Or was that question even asked? you know that answer…

Life isn’t always sugar coated (and who needs sugar) We will face difficult people from time to time. But does this mean we have to sigh, become numb and close off the chance to connect?

I really like to recite the following and pefrom some loving-kindness meditation before bed at night.

I wish you to be happy…

I wish you to be healthy…

I wish you to be safe…

I wish you to live with ease…

This brings forth warmth and a want to connect.


Regain your love and passion for what you do…

Don’t become numb…

Invest yourself into your patient…

Show an abundance of compassion, empathy and loving-kindness

James 🙂