Research Suggests that ‘Runner’s High’ affects the Brain Similarly to Drug Addiction
Can experiencing a ‘runner’s high’ actually help you get and stay sober? We have got the answers for you.
More and more people are recognising the value of exercise in overcoming addiction, and fitness therapy is now being integrated into many addiction treatment programmes. However, it was not until recently that we started to understand exactly why exercise is so helpful for those struggling with addiction. New research suggests that ‘runner’s high‘ — the feeling of euphoria that runners experience — activates the same areas of the brain as drug addiction, and this could be one reason why exercise is a valuable tool for those in addiction recovery.