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    Cycling can trigger endorphins

    It is said Cycling not only gives you a great feeling of freedom (you’re outside!) and thrill of speed (you really feel it with the wind rushing past your cheeks) but it also encourages the release of ’endorphins’. Endorphins are your bodies “feel good” drug, and their release is triggered by exercise...do you think so?

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    Definitely. When I come home after a bad day at work I can go for a ride and it all goes away.
    Life is about the ride.

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    It sure feels good, so...YES.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdsantacruzer View Post
    Definitely. When I come home after a bad day at work I can go for a ride and it all goes away.
    +1!!!

    works all the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by christopherscott View Post
    It is said Cycling not only gives you a great feeling of freedom (you’re outside!) and thrill of speed (you really feel it with the wind rushing past your cheeks) but it also encourages the release of ’endorphins’. Endorphins are your bodies “feel good” drug, and their release is triggered by exercise...do you think so?
    Well duh! Any endurance exercise does and this has been known for at least 40 years.
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    i don't know if it is endorphins or not, but riding makes me so happy all the time, whenever i'm down, a ride is my perfect cure

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    Quote Originally Posted by christopherscott View Post
    It is said Cycling not only gives you a great feeling of freedom (you’re outside!) and thrill of speed (you really feel it with the wind rushing past your cheeks) but it also encourages the release of ’endorphins’. Endorphins are your bodies “feel good” drug, and their release is triggered by exercise...do you think so?

    Prolonged, vigorous exercise stresses the body and stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are one of several natural brain chemicals that are directly or indirectly credited with the enhanced mood, calm and sometimes euphoric feelings that many people experience during or after running, cycling, swimming, or other forms of strenuous endurance exercise.

    I'd post the web site I referenced this from but its blatant spam for runners motivational jewelry

    here is a study done by the Germans in 2008 proving the long debated theory of "Runners High" Runners' High Demonstrated: Brain Imaging Shows Release Of Endorphins In Brain

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    Endorphin (climbs) + Adrenaline (DH) + Dopamine (flow) = why MTB is so awesome

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    Any kind of physical exercise can trigger endorphins by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    well duh! Any endurance exercise does and this has been known for at least 40 years.
    Science!


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    I think my body releases endorphins just thinking about being on my bike. The feeling is addicting.




    Brb going for a ride...

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    Definitely yes. Especially when my wife is riding in front of me.

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    Adrenaline, endorphine, dopamine, serotonine....
    Cyclists like to make the world believe that cycling is healthy and saves the planet etc, but actually they're just drug addicts.
    Ride more!

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    Really...
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    Yes it does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christopherscott View Post
    It is said Cycling not only gives you a great feeling of freedom (you’re outside!) and thrill of speed (you really feel it with the wind rushing past your cheeks) but it also encourages the release of ’endorphins’. Endorphins are your bodies “feel good” drug, and their release is triggered by exercise...do you think so?
    So I guess the question you have to ask yourself, then, is: Is cycling exercise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    Yes it does.
    I never would have known without this thread...
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    My wife says I seem much happier after going for a ride, I feel 100000% better that's for sure.
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    There has to be something to this. However, there must be something extra to it for mountain biking. What is so thrilling about riding in the dirt with trees all around you? I'm not sure, but it sure beats riding on a paved trail or road. If I don't get my dirt riding "fix" I tend to get crabby. I must be addicted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barheet View Post
    However, there must be something extra to it for mountain biking.


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    I started doing endorphins when I was a kid. Other kids were doing them, and despite my parents best efforts to keep me on the couch watching TV, I caved to peer pressure and started doing the too. Just once, I can handle it, I told myself. Little did I know, 50 years later, I'd still be hooked. If I don't get my endorphin hit at least a couple of times a week, I don't sleep well, I crab at my family, I'm just not myself. I've tried joining Couch Potatoes Anonymous, but I never got past the first step of the program. I just kept relapsing. If there's any mercy in heaven, can't somebody please help me before I exercise again!?
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    Caution: Endorphins are a gateway drug to beer.

    You've been warned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    MTBers have balls the size of jungle coconuts.
    You need to stop landing on your top tube!

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    I've been saying for years now that riding is the only drug with no bad side effects; some folks have tried to make exceptions by talking about N+1, or crashing, etc. THOSE are COLLATERAL effects, lol......

    I experienced "runner's high" a couple times in the Army, and "pedaler's high" about 3-5x/week over the last 12 years. It's not only medically proven, it's TWUUU, it's WEALLY TWUU!
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    Caution: Endorphins are a gateway drug to beer.





    This is sig. worthy.

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    In got a million of 'em...
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