What is the effect of running on neural connections?
Running is found to be beneficial in our health. This physical activity helps the body to remain active and healthy.
But the positive impact of running is not only evident on the external part of the body but also in the nervous system.
The recent study found that running boosts better neural connections in the brain. People who regularly run have a better neural connection in their brain than those who do not run.
Better neural connections were found in the area of the brain that is responsible for planning, decision making, and emotional control.
Dr. David Raichlen, the lead author said:
“One of the things that drove this collaborative was that there has been a recent proliferation of studies, over the last 15 years, that have shown that physical activity and exercise can have a beneficial impact on the brain, but most of that work has been in older adults.
This question of what’s occurring in the brain at younger ages hasn’t really been explored in much depth, and it’s important.
Not only are we interested in what’s going on in the brains of young adults, but we know that there are things that you do across your lifespan that can impact what happens as you age, so it’s important to understand what’s happening in the brain at these younger ages.”
Better neural connections inside the brain indicate healthy cognitive functioning.
One of the benefits of having a good neural connection is the better memory.
The better the neural connections, the more information the brain can store.
But how this effect happened?
Dr. Raichlen explained:
“These activities that people consider repetitive actually involve many complex cognitive functions – like planning and decision-making – that may have effects on the brain.”
However, only a few studies really investigate the neural effect of running. Many questions still remain.
Nonetheless, the previous study provides us a significant lesson.
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