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Exercise and Get High

You don't need to smoke pot to get high?all you need to do is exercise! We recently wrote about how you can exercise adequately in just 6 minutes a week. But be sure to lots of sleep afterwards: women who don't get enough sleep tend to get fat.

In LiveScience.com, Robin Lloyd interviews exercise expert Debbie Mandel, who explains why exercise makes us feel so good. Cortisol is a hormone produced under the stress of everyday life and it is damaging to the body. Exercise produces endorphins, which counteract the negative effects of cortisol. This is why exercise not only makes us healthier, it makes us happier as well. Endorphins are natural tranquilizers that have been compared to morphine and opium.

A new study has found that women who sleep 5 hours or less per night weigh more on average than those who sleep 7 hours. Researcher Dr. Sanjay Patel says, "There have been a number of studies that have shown that at one point in time, people who sleep less weigh more, but this is one of the first studies to show reduced sleep increases the risk of gaining weight over time. Prior studies have shown that after just a few days of sleep restriction, the hormones that control appetite cause people to become hungrier, so we thought that women who slept less might eat more. But in fact they ate less." Researchers didn't find any differences in physical activity that could explain why women who slept less weighed more?We don't have an answer from this study about why reduced sleep causes weight gain."

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