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Exercise is shitty

Something I just read reminded me of how people talk about exercise giving them an endorphin high, and I just don't get it. I have exercised before, many times unfortunately, and I have never in my life experienced an endorphin high. Exercise just makes me feel like shit, all gross and sweaty and in pain and not feeling good at all. So I have no idea at all what an endorphin high is even supposed to feel like, or if I do, I've never gotten one from exercise of any kind. Which kinda makes me feel a little like those people who can't derive any pleasure from eating, it's just something they do because they have to. (This being different from depression caused food anhedonia; these people were just born with food anhedonia.)

But yeah, I kinda feel like people just say exercise causes an endorphin high to trick people into wanting to exercise in search for said high.

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Feb. 8th, 2018 10:35 pm (UTC)
No-- its very real.

For me, it only happens during certain kinds of exercise though. Specifically hiking in pretty outdoor areas (like mountains) or-- much more easily, by dancing.

I LOVE dancing! Moving my body to music stops all the chatter in my brain as I concentrate on translating song to motion. I forget the sweat, and often keep going after I've begun getting tired. Sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes, the combination of music and exercising together (like hiking and seeing beautiful nature together) just trips a trigger and WHEEEEE!

It doesn't make me keep going, though. Once I hit that high, I feel like I just finished sex. Done and happily so.

So... it is not a trick. But if you don't know how to turn your body on somehow, it could be hard to find your own trippy trigger. I can't understand how running could do it for example. Bleck! RUNNING? Seriously!? WHY?

The easiest form of dance to do this is ecstatic or trance dance. It has been used for centuries to connect to a holy form of mentality.

Here is the song that best gets me to feel the DANCER'S HIGH:

Make sure you have BOTH deep base AND treble tones at the ends turned up to catch the beat and the high notes of the violins! The best version is the live from Vicar street seen here, though Youtube doesn't have the best quality sound. If you find THIS clip with a better video/audio site, use THAT instead.
Feb. 9th, 2018 07:54 am (UTC)
You know, I think I might've gotten one from dancing as well. When I dance to channel Shao'Kehn, I feel really good afterwards.

(Also tagging kengr)

Edited at 2018-02-09 07:56 am (UTC)
Feb. 9th, 2018 08:09 pm (UTC)
Cool! Then experiment to that and see where it takes you!
Feb. 8th, 2018 10:35 pm (UTC)
Basic rules: You must be standing up, hips, feet, and shoulders moving the whole time, with hands above the waist moving as well. Gotta get the blood pumping to help trigger the "whee"! It is 9 minutes, but starts pretty slow. Just this can get me at least a mini version of a dancer's high 2 out of 3 times I do it to this song! Works best if you've danced to at least a couple of songs first, but I know you have health issues like I do, so this alone may just work.

This song is the right length, perfectly. It requires a high level of motion, but has some slower periods to just catch your breath and keep moving, but not get exhausted too quickly. It builds and builds towards a crescendo that then just breaks and then-- at the very end-- a second, even higher, crescendo and then --WHHEEEE! The music is as much required for me as the moving. Best to listen and not watch, as the flashing lights are trancy, but not dancer's high trancy.

Try putting on head phones and dancing to this and see if that gets you there. Let me know what you think!

If you're intrigued by this, check out this:

Sometimes it is the only way I can move without pain, as the endorphins allow range and force without consequences. I hit the dancer's high and can go quite a while longer than normal, plus it prevents the de-conditioning that fucks up my whole system from NOT moving enough. The high blocks the exercise pain, in other words. Distracts during and alleviates after.

Lots of terrible videos trying to explain this are on Youtube, but it has to be tried to know if it works for you or not. But I must say, it is easier to dance for an hour to music than do any other kind of exercise. AND it is possible to hit the high if you can keep to motion long enough. (For me, 20 minutes is typical, up to 40 maybe).
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