We’ve heard of the phenomenon called “runner’s high” which happens when endorphins and other feel good neurotransmitters flood our brains after a vigorous run. This article by NY Times shows another dimension or a purpose of running so to speak that helps us navigate through everyday complexity. Some of us who’ve experienced it may resonate with the idea:
“It is something of a cliché among runners, how the activity never fails to clear your head. Does some creative block have you feeling stuck? Go for a run. Are you deliberating between one of two potentially life-altering decisions? Go for a run. Are you feeling mildly mad, sad, or even just vaguely meh? Go for a run, go for a run, go for a run.”
“About three decades of research in neuroscience have identified a robust link between aerobic exercise and subsequent cognitive clarity, and to many in this field the most exciting recent finding in this area is that of neurogenesis. Studies in animal models have shown that new neurons are produced in the brain throughout the lifespan, and, so far, only one activity is known to trigger the birth of those new neurons: vigorous aerobic exercise, said Karen Postal, president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.”
“After about 30 to 40 minutes of a vigorous aerobic workout – enough to make you sweat – studies have recorded increased blood flow to the brain’s frontal lobe, which, incidentally, is associated with many of the attributes we associate with “clear thinking”: planning ahead, focus and concentration, goal-setting, time management.”
Running also is associated with increased emotional regulation and resilience. Read the full article here.
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