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Can you run out of endorphins?

Old 07-09-09, 04:35 AM
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Can you run out of endorphins?

Gday.

Is it possible to wear out endorphins?

I'm not talking about runner's high (the apparent ability to keep going despite the pain). I'm talking about staying within your limit and feeling good after each ride. If you ride everyday, can you expect to run out of endorphins ?
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Old 07-09-09, 04:41 AM
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no, not really, your body constantly produces them and stores them when needed.
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Endorphins are produced by the pituitary gland.
The rest of your query makes no sense.
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Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
Endorphins are produced by the pituitary gland.
The rest of your query makes no sense.
From Wiki:

Runner's high
Another widely publicized effect of endorphin production is the so-called "runner's high", which is said to occur when strenuous exercise takes a person over a threshold that activates endorphin production. Endorphins are released during long, continuous workouts, when the level of intensity is between moderate and high, and breathing is difficult. This also corresponds with the time that muscles use up their stored glycogen. During a release of Endorphin the person may be exposed to bodily harm from strenuous bodily functions after going past their body's physical limit. They may be able to keep running despite pain, and thus possibly come to bodily harm from endorphin release. Workouts that are most likely to produce endorphins to the extent of damage at the body's physical limit include, boxing, running, free running, swimming, cross-country skiing, long distance rowing, cycling, weight lifting, aerobics, a martial art such as muay thai, soccer, basketball, rugby, lacrosse, hockey, tennis, American football and other strenuous exercises.
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Of course. When your orphins end it's the endorphins.
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don't forget the hypothalamus it's a major player too, and if I remember correctly LH and GNRH (hormones) regulate the activity of the two. Never the less I don't think you can shut down a natural function of the body.

now I'm still a student and I'm not even pre-med, but assuming your middle aged maybe... just maybe, the lack of the "feel-good" could have something to do with the decreasing levels of testerosterone that comes into play around middle age, "man-o-pause" because, as I remember LH and GNRH are produced in the hypothalamus and pituitary in response to regulation of testosterone levels. So possibly lower hormone levels could corrolate to lower activity in the parts of the body that produce endorphins, and thus less endorpins so less feel-good from excercise. Although you would still be producing and relaesing endorphins, accroding to my semi-drunk and totally unsupported speculation, it would be a lesser ammount than you used to get in the past and thus explain the feeling of them running out due to the reduced effect.

anyway I need another drink, but that was fun to think about
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It's possible to produce/secrete less over time, but not use up so many on Monday that there aren't enough to go around on Tuesday. It's just not how it works. In fact, short-term like that, you would probably have more available as your body produces more to try to keep up.
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Endorphins are an opiate like hormone produced by the body. As long as you're healthy you should release endorphins, but your body will not release them all the time. It's like anything else in your body, if the conditions are correct, they'll be released, if not, they won't be. And the amounts released can be different too, so even if released, it may be more or less strong than on previous occasions.
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Don't worry, man. If you, like, run low, or somethin', my cousin knows someone who get E's no problem.
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Originally Posted by ImRael View Post
Don't worry, man. If you, like, run low, or somethin', my cousin knows someone who get E's no problem.
Sweet. I usually take them before riding though.
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Originally Posted by Eljimberino View Post
Gday.

Is it possible to wear out endorphins?

I'm not talking about runner's high (the apparent ability to keep going despite the pain). I'm talking about staying within your limit and feeling good after each ride.
If you ride everyday, can you expect to run out of endorphins ?
God forbid.

We will never speak of this again.

I pardon you.
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