Did you know that running is good for your brain? It’s true, running is beneficial to your body as well is your mind. Here is why…
Running is known to help prevent or even reverse age-related brain shrinkage. The process of running can directly influence brain chemicals. This means that regular runners have healthier brains and brain function than non-runners in later life.
A recent study that involved measuring neural markers and overall cognitive function in middle-aged men that were regular runners had a greater metabolic efficiency and neural plasticity than the non-running counterparts.
Expands the Brain
Brain expansion doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be pushing against your skull. Regular running helps to stimulate the production of new nerve cells and blood vessels inside the brain. Under normal circumstances, the brain tends to shrink with age. Studies have indicated that are running may also help the volume of something called midbrain, which controls your hearing and vision, as well as the hippocampus, which is closely associated with learning and memory.
A recent 2012 those study found that even moderately fit people performed better in exams than those who were completely unfit. This is further to previous studies that established a firm link between running and enhanced focus, as well as the ability to distinguish things and multitask.
Brain Stores More Fuel
Running actually encourages the brain, as well as other muscles to store more fuel. It has been suggested that the brain adapts in a similar way to other muscles. It is believed that larger glycogen stores in the brain may be responsible for boosting cognitive function in regular runners.
Running Releases Feel Good Chemicals
Regular exercise helps to promote the release of endorphins which are known as feel-good chemicals. In addition, a lot of antidepressant medicine, as well as regular running works by enabling the brain to retain more neurotransmitters known as norepinephrine and serotonin.
Ideally, if you do decide on running, try picking green areas instead of the inner city. By 2013 study found that people who run in parks enjoyed similar brain activity as those who regularly meditated.