We’ve all heard people talk about the runners high, but what actually is it? It’s that state of euphoria and happiness you get to through running or any type of exercise really. It’s comes from endorphins, which help to fight off stress and relieve pain. While this usually all happens in the first 20 minutes of exercising, your body does have to be under enough stress for your brain to release endorphins so it is good to push yourself a little bit in your workouts. (But remember we're all different and we all have different limits.)
Improves Memory and Learning
Along with endorphins, BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor) is also released to help relieve the physical stress you are putting on your body. BDNF is a protein that helps preserve your brain cells and grow new ones. Overall its helps with memory and learning.
You Sleep Better
It’s been proven that if you do 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day, at night your body temperature drops lower than it normally would if you didn’t exercise which results in a better nights rest.
You Build Up Your Mental Strength
A hard workout may not take away all your problems but it may change the way you look at your problems. When you push yourself physically, you’re also pushing yourself mental. As a result overtime, you not only become physically tougher but also mental tougher. You can handle more stress that comes your way from both daily life problems or that goal race time.