UNITED STATES SPORTS ACADEMY
Unit 7, Assignment #2
A Class Paper Submitted for
Foundations of Amateur and Professional Sports
Professor: Dr. Donna Nathlar
Daphne, Alabama January, 2013
Have you ever been feeling down and in the dumps, and a friend or someone close to you told you to try some type of exercise or physical activity to help you feel better? You decide to give it a try and suddenly after the activity or exercise has ended you find yourself feeling better. Does physical activity/exercise really enhance your mood? Well evidence is mounting to prove that it does! To many the word physical activity/exercise is a bad or dirty word. The thought of the heart beating fast, nasty sweat dripping everywhere, pain in parts of your body that you never knew existed and fatigue are all feelings associated with physical activity/exercise. However the results of physical activity/exercise promote the feeling of a good mood. The human brain triggers the release of chemicals that many call “Happy Chemicals,” after physical activity/exercise. Physical activity/exercise also adds positive contribution to ones physical physique, which will also enhance ones mood. Lastly, your heart rate increases, which causes the body to pump oxygen rich blood at faster rates. During physical activity the brain triggers the release of endorphins from the pituitary gland. These endorphins or happy chemicals whose technical name is Serotonin and dopamine are responsible for euphoria. These happy chemicals promote a feeling of well-being also reduces pain by activating the brains opiate centers. Dr. James Blumenthal, a clinical psychologist at Duke University helped lead a research project that explored the mood-exercise connection. Through a series of trials and four testing Derek Williams
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