You already know that running is good for your body. And I'm sure you've also heard that it's great for your brain. So much so that the benefits it brings to your neurons far outweigh any physical benefit.
Almost all brain functions can improve just by running for a few minutes. Some of the benefits that are obtained after the race are immediate due to the increase in blood supply at the cerebral level, others help you to sharpen the cognitive abilities temporarily and others are the summative effect of your career as a runner; that is, the result of the progressive remodeling of your brain after a long time running.
Be that as it may, research repeatedly demonstrates that physical exercise, and in particular running, interferes very favorably with the remodeling of the brain and its functions. There really are so many advantages and benefits that your brain gets after the race that I wouldn't have enough space to describe them all in this article, so I'm going to focus on three of the main ones, the ones that are best documented by the research.RELATED
Protect your brain from age
The race is an especially effective way to strengthen the brain because it promotes two fundamental processes: neurogenesis, or birth of new neurons, and brain neuroplasticity, that is, the quality and number of neuronal connections that occur in the brain, and That keeps the organ young. The brain never stops growing, and if we help it we will keep it in the best possible state.
Studies conducted by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies of San Diego state that any physical exercise helps generate new neurons, even in an ag ing brain. Their research shows that with only three hours a week of cardiovascular activity such as running, you can stop and even reverse the aging of the brain, especially in areas responsible for memory and higher cognition.
Improve your memory
Many studies confirm that cardiovascular exercise increases memory, but a group of scientists at the University of British Columbia went further. They selected three groups of women over 60 years of age with severe cognitive impairment, who were asked to perform three types of exercise: running, weightlifting and toning exercises. After six months they compared the results with the data obtained in the preliminary tests.
Women who did stretching and toning lost some cognitive ability: the tests revealed that their memory had worsened. The others, both those who ran and those who lifted weights, had improved in spatial memory, but only the runners increased the memory related to language. The true finding of this study is to show that memory can improve and not only be maintained despite age and an impaired cognitive impairment.
It makes you feel happy
Exercise promotes changes in neuronal connections and promotes the concentration of beneficial neurotransmitters that improve mood, self confidence, self-esteem and reduce anxiety. Above all, the race increases the production of endorphins, natural wellness drugs, which decrease pain. It also helps reduce the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, which favors relaxation processes. Further. together with positive emotions, strengthen the immune system, which will make you feel stronger and get sick less.
The results of a team of researchers affirm it: they brought together a group of people with clinical depression. One third were prescribed antidepressants, another cardiovascular exercise and the third both. After four months, more than 60% of the population studied had no clinical depression. And at six months of follow-up, the group that continued to practice career presented a higher level of well-being. Very good reasons to put on your shoes and go for miles, don't you think?