Epinephrine (or adrenaline) is likely the hormone responsible for the 'high' from running, as it's the same feeling adrenal junkies live for. As was illustrated in a 1990 research study from the journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, this same high can be experienced with much less effort. More importantly, we can achieve this happy or euphoric feeling without the negatives that come with exercising for too long that I layout in Eat Meat And Stop Jogging.
- Free radical accumulation = oxidative damage
- Cortisol secretion = muscle loss
- Excessive lactate production = acidic pH
- Chronic repetitive movements = injury
Go Hard and Go Home!
As the chart above illustrates, when you select an activity that give you the ability to operate at full capacity, you get a far bigger runners high in less than 5 to 10 percent the time commitment... and without the damage that comes with duration.
30 seconds of burpees (for speed).
30 seconds of rest.
Let me know how you feel after 10 minutes.