Nice Guys Finish Last Essay

377 WordsMar 17, 20092 Pages
Informative speech: Runners high Introduction Attention getter: I get high on a regular basis. Thesis: I’m here to inform you about runners high. So what: It’s a natural chemical reaction in the body so comprehending this is simply understanding more about yourself. Credibility: Talk a bit about my running experience. Preview main points: I will talk about the phenomenon known as runners high from a personal and a scientific perspective. Personal experience Started running after Jared’s dad First run TERRIBLE! But slowly improved overall mood was better Once someone asked us why we ran: Both said feeling of joy and happiness while running. I wanted to know what caused it. Started looking it up. Scientific NY Times Germany study Henning Boecker (in charge of Functional Neuroimaging Group at the University Hospital Bonn) PET scan (Positron Emission Tomography) ***Encyclopedia Britannica says it is an imaging technique that has proved particularly useful in for studying the brain and heart and their associated functions*** {similar to MRI} studied ten athletes to reveal endorphins being produced in the brain before and after a long run. His research showed drastically increased endorphin levels in the brain after the run. Endorphins Alan Hirsh, MD Neurologist "Endorphins are neurotransmitters produced in the brain that reduce pain” goes on to say that “they have also been known to induce euphoria” He also comments that morphine, heroine and cocaine all cause the brain to release endorphins. Closing I have told you about my personal feelings while running and also about the science behind the runners high. My unexplained overly joyful mood while running made me start asking some questions. The brain releases a powerful chemicals which gives your body a natural “high”. The more I learn about the human body, the more amazed I am by it

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