Ever wonder of a healthier alternative to lighting bongs, guzzling down beers, and taking shots? Is there something out there that can give you the same effect as these harmful substitutes? Sure, these few options are fun and create memories with friends, but they can cause accidents and death. That is why the new alternative to weed and liquor is simply, running. Yes, the thing that lazy people dread the most, the act of putting one leg in front of the other rapidly. How can something so exciting such as lighting a bowl be equal to the effects of running? It is simple; an increase of running creates chemicals in the brain that contribute to a feeling of euphoria.
Endorphins, no it is not a name of a certain kind of marijuana, but of a chemical in the brain known as neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters transmit electrical signals within the nervous system, and there are twenty different endorphins demonstrated in the human body. It is usually found in the pituitary gland or dispersed throughout the nervous system. Certain factors that assist to the release of endorphins are stress and pain. When lots of people feel stressed they tend to look around for their Marlboros and a light to “calm their nerves”, or they need to “light up” with their best friend Mary Jane. Forget about that idea and just run. Endorphins interact with opiate receptors and reduce the perception of pain. This usually only works for runners going out on fifteen mile runs, but if you are a beginner, you are going to experience pain in the first ten steps of running. When running, endorphins are released, and the pain subsides, creating a state of euphoria. States of euphoria are only experienced through drugs, sex, and running.
For all you hard drug takers out there, the effect of runners high has the same feeling as popping a few morphines, or taking some codeine. The only difference is that those substances lead to addiction, embarrassment, and death. Running leads to a positive attitude, healthy body, and amazing health benefits. A modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and an enhancement of the immune system come with an abundance of running. A female would rather have sex with an in shape, healthy man, instead of a fat individual that sits on the couch and smokes weed all day.
So put down that doobie, shot of Captain, or disgusting Natty Ice, and step out your front door and go for a run around the block. Alcohol and other substances are alright in moderation, but too much leads to negative health behaviors. Just remember, running not only has great health benefits, but can get you with that beautiful girl, while lighting up on that weed will get you the fat girl sitting in the corner of the bar that only looks decent because of the drugs in your body.