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Happiness hormones: How training makes you happy

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Many of you have probably already noticed this. It can be the feeling of pure satisfaction after a completed workout or the joyful anticipation of the next one – or just the growing confidence in your own capabilities. Responsible for this are biochemical processes and the release of so-called happiness hormones. The most popular ones are endorphins, dopamine and serotonin.

Reaching top Performance with dopamine!

Twenty minutes of light running is enough to increase the dopamine level significantly. In high-intensity sports such as Freeletics however, your brain starts to release dopamine just after a few minutes. This release makes you more alert, more focused and it improves your concentration. And to top it all off, it makes training more fun!

As you seek to attain this state of joy again as soon as possible, you sometimes can hardly wait for your next training session. The more you train, the more dopamine will be released. Dopamine is the main reason why you feel good while exercising. Why you are able to finish your workout even if your body and your mind both want to give up. It pushes you to peak performance und lets you break PBs.

After training, the level of dopamine decreases while the level of serotonin increases. Serotonin is a hormonal antagonist to dopamine and has many functions: Among other things, it is involved in the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle and body temperature; it controls appetite and lowers pain sensitivity. It is primarily known as a feel-good hormone because its release leads to a feeling of inner satisfaction. Thus, an intense session of Freeletics can simply translate into happiness!

Happier in the long term!

The effect of these happy making hormones is not only restricted to the immediate time during training. In the course of actual physical effort, the brain releases dopamine and serotonin only within certain regions. But if you exercise regularly, the hormone concentration grows continuously in many areas of the brain. A sustainable improvement of concentration and an increase of happiness and satisfaction are then pleasant side effects.

Short and intense exercise sessions such as Freeletics also help to reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol, even in the long run. Thus, your resilience concerning stress increases – whether the stress is of physical or of mental origin. Nevertheless, you should be careful. Too much exercising can also have an opposite effect and turn up your cortisol level. Your body perceives overtraining as a form of negative stress. Therefore, you should listen to your body!

With every little sense of achievement after a workout, your self-confidence increases step-by-step – and this, in turn, pushes you towards top performances. So you will not only get fitter and more athletic but also more optimistic, confident, satisfied, powerful – and happier!

By the way

When a perfect synergy of dopamine, endorphins, blood pressure and breathing is reached, you might get into the so-called “flow”. This is a feeling of everlasting power – you feel nothing but joy. Among runners, this state is also known as the “runner’s high” – a reference to the ecstatic effect! Have you experienced this phenomenon already? If so, let us know! Write to and tell us your experiences!