After years of powerlifting training I started to learn that no matter what aches or pains I had, I would ALWAYS feel better when I left the gym. If you talk to guys who are still training hard, runners, or any exercise nut in their 40’s and 50’s they’ll tell you the best they feel all day is when they’re at the gym. For runners, they call it the runner high. These are exemplary of the short term “feel good” benefits of exercise.
What we don’t know as much about is the long term effect of exercise. Researchers recently set out to better understand the long term effect of exercise on pain control, exercise-induced analgesia. I put together a quick review on this article and offer a unique scientific look at why exercising helps with pain. Warning- some of this gets a little sciencey!READ MORE