What Is Runner’s High?

You ask, how can Runner’s High improve your workout and exactly what is it? Let me explain because I have experienced runner’s high myself.

Most athletes have experienced Runners High at one time or another. Any form of exercise with an intensity level of moderate to high can bring on the runner’s high. Workouts such as weightlifting, biking, running, football, soccer, basketball, aerobics and even jumping rope can trigger it. I know because I experience it while using my jump rope.

What Is Runner’s High?

The production of endorphins in the brain increases with hard exercise. Endorphins are molecules that, when released, can reduce pain perception and provide a sensation of enjoyment and well-being. This will allow you to exercise longer and harder, allowing you to get more out of your workout. It usually occurs after thirty to forty minutes of continuous jogging for runners. It happens after ten to fifteen minutes of nonstop rope jumping for me.

When Does it Occur?

For me, after five to ten minutes of jumping rope at my rate of 120 jumps per minute, I start breathing heavier and start feeling tired. Then I hit the runner’s high. My breathing becomes easier and I get that feeling of euphoria. I then feel like I can jump for the rest of the day (maybe a slight exaggeration).

Runners who have been exposed to it have been able to push over their regular physical limits and extend the training session for a more effective workout. Runner’s high is real, and I believe that many people experience it while doing moderate to intensive aerobic exercise. It is, however, something that happens naturally; you cannot force it to happen.

Don’t get me wrong: many individuals will never feel the runner’s high. They simply never achieve a level of exercise high enough for their bodies to activate it, or there is something about their body type that prevents them from doing so, and this is not a bad thing. It is only the act of exercising that counts.

You may promote the release of endorphins in your body in a variety of ways. Meditation, massage treatment, acupuncture, and even deep breathing are just a few of them. These can cause your body to produce endorphins on its own. However, I would recommend mixing them with your exercise regimen for maximum health benefits.

It’s a pity, because we’ve become a sedentary society. We have made it far too easy to watch TV, surf the Internet, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and so on, thanks to technological advancements. From the safety of their rooms, our youngsters have access to the entire world. Even if it is simply walking, we must get up and exercise. So put on your walking or running shoes and take a walk or run down life’s path. It might mean the difference between life and death.


Work up to an exercise routine intense high enough for you to experience the Runner’s High. Remember, always consult your Doctor first before starting any exercise program. You will feel better, be healthier, sleep better and live longer from it.

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