Endorphins Make you Happy!

Endorphins Make you Happy!

As Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.”

I just realized that this movie came out 10 years ago. I feel so old!

I am the first to admit that until a few weeks ago, I loathed the gym. I thought it was weird smelling and kinda pretentious and I didn’t really see the point in ever leaving my bed. Even when the thought crossed my mind that I probably should work out, I would come up with a million excuses for not going – I had homework to do, jobs to apply to or Munchies to eat.

But that all changed when, on a whim, I asked my friend Emily to go to Halas Sports Center, the student gym, with me and I discovered that…

I might be a LITTLE excited about how much I love Halas... Haha.

And, not only am I in love with Halas, but I am also in love with the elliptical trainer. It’s a low impact exercise machine, which is great for someone as small and easily breakable as myself, and I’m obsessed with the happy feeling I get during and after my use of it.

However, I’m not the only one who has recently gotten the urge to sweat out their stress. My friends and I all joined Fitocracy, a website that allows you to compete with others by tracking all of your workouts.

Yes, my username is catscatscats18. Embrace it.

It’s great because we’re all super competitive, so we’re constantly encouraging each other to go to gym and take classes together. (In fact, I went to Pilates this morning with Emily and another friend, Delaney. I liked it so much that I’m going again tomorrow!) And, we plan on keeping this up after school; in fact, a couple of us are doing The Color Run together this summer. I’m so pumped!

So, I’d like to amend Elle’s quote from the beginning of this blog. If I had been speaking, I would have said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people are more productive when they work, feel better about themselves and have a lot more fun with friends. They just do!”

Picture of Halas – Attributed to Loyola University Chicago Digital Special Collections

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