How to keep getting a runner's high?
October 26, 2013 5:32 PM Subscribe
Is it normal that the more I exercise, the less great I feel afterward?
posted by queens86 to health & fitness (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been running (usually about 20 mins, 3 times a week) for a couple years now. When I started doing Couch to 5K, I felt great afterwards the first month or so - basically euphoric. As I kept going I stopped getting such a boost in my mood but didn't think much of it, til I got injured and had to stop running for around two months this summer.
When I started up again I noticed a dramatic impact on my mood - I would feel so content and happy all day after working out. This lasted for maybe the first two weeks and then I stopped noticing a real effect, or at least a dramatic one.
I'm super busy and haven't run in a couple weeks, so I suspect that next time I run I'll feel great. I asked my dad about this (he also runs) and he said he feels great every time and hasn't ever noticed this lessening effect.
Is there any way I can stop the effects from diminishing over time? Do I need to be getting my heart up to a certain rate, or running for longer as my body acclimates, or what? Or does everyone experience this?