No Pain, No Pain

No pain, no pain! I once heard an overweight speaker talk about his motto about exercise. He went on to say that he once had the urge to workout, so, he sat back down on the couch until that urge went away. I remember laughing hysterically at his jokes, and even stole his lines and used them as my own for years.

Let’s be honest. The majority of people on this planet do not enjoy exercising. We like to think about it, and dream of us actually doing it, but we really don’t want to. Yes, there are those 5% of the population who are professional, semi-pro or amateur athletes, but the rest of us only want their bodies without the sweat it takes to get them.

The majority of us exercise because we have to. Our doctors, spouses, or somebody told us we needed to get off our backsides and do it. For many, it is because of being overweight, and the thought of succumbing to the plethora of ailments that an overweight body is susceptible to, is unappealing.

So off to the gym, or to the sporting good store for equipment, or off to the park for a run we go. Here is where the body rewards us. The body has a gift it would like to bestow. The gift is called endorphins. According to WebMD, “When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.”

In other words, when you exercise, your body repays itself with a flood of happy feelings. You feel better mentally. Most people claim that if they work out in the morning that they feel better about the outlook of their day. The odds are that if you have a better outlook, then you might make better choices when it comes to what you eat.

No matter who you are, or what you look like, our body is waiting to reward us if we get our heart pumping. Your body wants to make you feel good. Now, get out there and get your “happy” on!