endorphins (or other peptides) and running

Randolph Hampton randy at mendel.berkeley.edu
Mon Aug 8 12:43:26 EST 1994

Dear neuronetters

I turn to this bullitin board to ask about a piece of popular
physiological dogma. Everywhere you turn one sees/hears/ reads reference
to the notion that running and/or other aerobic exercises bring about
enough "enkephalinergic activity " to explain the colloquially described
"runner's high". Granted its a nice idea, with all sorts of connected
implications, but my question is, is there really any evidence (ie
studies with antagonists, measurements of blood levels, animal models,
etc. ) for this very popular hypothesis. please inform as you will,
and/or add any thoughts or input.


Randy Hampton
Randolph Hampton 
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