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More pain than gain - when you aren't getting the endorphin rush.

I'm always banging on about the benefits of exercise.
It's what I do.

One of the best ones is how it makes you feel good when you've done it. That post exercise endorphin rush where you feel like you're the boss of everything and your body feels like a good place to be.

I've written before about how I use cardio as a way of moderating my fibromyalgia pain.



Exercise and pain relief
There's a proper word for this, it's called post exercise hypoalgesia - which literally means you get a decreased response to pain after exercising. Magic!

We know a bit about how this works. We don't know exactly what the mechanism is, but it's understood that the endocannabinoid system is involved - which is nice.

We also know that cardio exercise is great if you want a whole body pain relief situation, while resistance exercise tends to produce a localised result. This is super useful information for me as a Personal Trainer, because it helps me write really helpful pr…