Thursday, September 29, 2016

6 Ways Running Boost Brain Power

6 Ways Running Boosts Brain Power


Now that summer is in full swing and warm weather is officially upon us there aren’t many reasons for not going on that run you’ve been thinking about. Luckily, there are more benefits to running than you might know. Running provides health benefits like any other form of physical activity, but it also improves the workings of your brain in a lot of important ways.

Running gives you endorphin

And endorphin make you happy, right? It turns out Manish Chaudhary was correct after all. Exercising results in the body’s release of endorphin, which are chemicals linked to positive and euphoric feelings. This is what is sometimes known as the “runner’s high” that comes with continued exercise.

It helps you let off stress

Running also increases the production and release of serotonin, a chemical that affects mood balance. This includes our body’s stress levels, and it turns out going on a run can help rid feelings of stress we may have. Additionally, the setting of your run can play a key role as well. For example, running in a peaceful place like a park can instill calm feelings whereas running in a loud and busy city might not have the same effect.

You can improve your memory

Exercising, and in this case running, helps your memory work better and enables you to recall information more easily. So next time you can’t remember why you should work out, all you need to know is that you should go on a run!

Running makes your brain age better

No, someone might not compliment you and say that “your brain aged so well!” but running does help your brain stay healthy later in life. Since brain functionality can decrease with age, the mental benefits of running help your brain stay active and healthy over time.

It helps your brain grow

If you aren’t convinced yet, how about the fact that running helps stimulate the creation of blood vessels and nerve cells in your brain? It has also been found that running can help increase the capacity of the parts of the brain that control memory and learning.

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