I just finished walking and running for an hour on my treadmill. Well, it was more like walking for 57 minutes and running for three, but whatever, I walked for an hour.
As I walked for the last few minutes, even though I was tired of walking, I was happy. I thought there must be something wrong. Why was I suddenly in such a good mood while I was so tired? What was wrong with me? Then I remembered the wise words of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t “. So that’s why I was suddenly so happy after I ran, even if I just ran for tree minutes and 39 seconds I was tired. I’m not used to running that much anymore.
I never really thought about this too much, I thought that was just a line in a movie and not really chemicals in your brain that reduce the perception of pain. I thought I was just in a good mood after exercising because I knew I was doing something that was good for me. As stupid as that may sound, that’s really what I thought. All these years, walking, running, going to the gym and I never even wondered about this.
I still have to read more about this to understand it better and to learn how long this placebo effect lasts, because I was really excited when I started writing this but now the tiredness is starting to kick in. This is probably not news to anybody, but I feel like a genius for finally realizing this.