If You Don’t Want Your Brain To Betray You At Crucial Moments, Take Part In Running

By: Shubham Ghosh

A new study has found out that the activity which students choose after learning directly affects their ability to remember what they have learnt or memorised.

Researchers who carried out the study said the students should engage in moderate exercise like running rather than participating in a passive activity if they want their brain not to betray them during examination.

The researchers also asked 60 men aged between 16 and 29 years to memorise various things. They were divided into three groups: one comprising those who played violent computer games, another having those who spent time outside and the third included those who did a lot of running.

How Running Enhances Brain’s Performance

They saw that the group which included runners did their best, as members could remember better and even had no trouble in remembering after the running activity.

So, here are five reasons on how running helps your brain and thus enhances your memory power, take a look:

How Running Enhances Brain’s Performance

1. Running Helps The Brain Grow: Running stimulates creation of new nerve cells and blood vessels in the brain - an organ which tends to shrink with ageing. Studies have also proved that running helps in improving the size of the midbrain and hippocampus (while the first is known to control vision and hearing, the second is linked to memory, emotion, nervous system, etc.).

How Running Enhances Brain’s Performance

2. Running Helps Your Brain Experience Better Activity: Though it is not always possible to find greenery to run while living in the city, you can always prefer a park to run instead of busy roads. Running releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins and also helps the brain with mood-boosting neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine.

3. Running Helps The Brain In Storing More Fuel: Physical training makes our muscle store more fuel as we all know, but the same also applies to our brain. The large glycogen stores in the brain might make running boost the brain's cognitive function, researchers have found.

How Running Enhances Brain’s Performance

4. Running Helps In Having A Healthier Brain: Apart from age-related shrinkage, running affects the brain chemicals helping us to have a healthier-than-average brain in the later stages of our life. Research has found that athletes have a brain which shows better neural plasticity and metabolic efficiency.

5. Running Helps Us Learn And Recall Better: Those who ran were found to be fitter and did better in memorising the things, as per the study. Those who run have also been seen to focus and make distinctions better.

Read more about: health, exercise, brain, wellness
Story first published: Monday, October 24, 2016, 16:30 [IST]
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