We’ve all been there. It wasn’t your day. You’re tired. You’re tired and want to curl up on the couch with a good book or ice cream. You’ve probably heard the old saying, ” you will never regret a workout.” So you put your hair up in a ponytail and head to class. (You go, gorgeous!)

You feel happier, lighter, and more relaxed when you leave class. It’s not magic, but it’s close. Endorphins.

What are Endorphins?

Endorphins, hormones that are produced in the brain and responsible for the pleasure associated with certain activities like exercise, are hormones. Endorphins may also be used to decrease stress and pain.

Do you know the feeling of euphoria that comes with completing a workout? It’s called endorphins. When you exercise, your body is filled with these chemicals that make it hard to regret, especially if it’s a dance class!

What Are Endorphins Mood Boosters?

Your brain interprets increased activity as an external threat when you exercise. Your brain doesn’t think you are running from a saber toothed tiger , but it hasn’t forgotten! The body prepares for possible harm by producing an excessive amount of endorphins. This floods the system with its own mood boosters.

Maximizing the Happy

You may wonder how much exercise is required to release endorphins now that you are aware of how powerful they can be. Here are some tips to get that happy high:

At least 30 minutes of exercise: According to a 2011 study endorphin release can only occur after you have exercised for at least 30 mins.

Exercise with friends According a study, exercise with a group produced a higher endorphin rush than doing it by yourself. Not only are your Jazzercise peers a supportive group of cheerleaders–they’re also helping to get those endorphins flowing!

Get Out There and Dance! Jazzercise Babes, It’s a Good Thing! The good news about dance is that it’s very good for your brain. Dr. Peter Lovatt from the University of Hertfordshire says that dancing can lead to a greater release of endorphins than other types of exercise. For many, it’s an easy way to feel happy, for others, it can cause them to cry. It can be cathartic, a way to let go of bottled up emotions.

So there you have it, dance cardio equals lots of endorphins and even more of that runner’s…er…dancer’s high! Which are your favorite ways to get your endorphins pumping? Please share your thoughts with us.