Running and Your Brian Power

Posted: November 13, 2007 in marathon, marathon running, running

We know exercise is good for our body. New researcher says Staying active is good for your brain! Washington post today has an interesting article about how to boost your memory.

In the papers interview, David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine says Exercise improves the flow of blood throughout your body, which helps it operate better. The article further says in general, anything that leads you to be healthier, mentally or physically, leads to you being more alert, which leads you to being more attentive to the task at hand, which leads to better performance.

This could be true because running is one activity that requires a high level of concentration. Your concentration experience on the road is probably passed on to other areas of life, study and career.

The article adds, exercise also stimulates the creation of certain proteins, including brain-derived neurotrophic factors, that are important for brain development and repair. Although am not sure whether I can say I am smarter  since I started running, I have to say I everytime I finish a marahton feel much happier. They say, exercise boosts your mood and keeps your weight down.

They warn that excess weight can be bad for the brain, says Antonio Convit, medical director of the Center for Brain Health at New York School of Medicine.

Convit, who has done multiple studies on body weight and the human brain, says being overweight leads to being insulin resistant, which in turn can lead to lower cognitive function.

Insulin is necessary for the survival of brain cells. A loss of Insulin in the brain triggers the onset of Alzheimer’s.

The only way you can tell whether running can indeed make you smart is to keep running.  

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