A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Arizona, have found that running stimulates your brain and also helps to keep you alert. The scientists who studied 11 male runners aged between 18 and 25 and another set of 11 young men who said that they had not exercised in the past year, discovered that increased connectivity between brain regions is known to improve memory, the ability to multi-task.
According to a report published on Daily Mail Online, the researchers noted that going for an early morning run could help to keep you alert for the rest of the day, while the brains of inactive men didn’t show quite the same levels of alertness.
While previous studies have confirmed that playing a musical instrument can stimulate the same region – the frontal cortex – this is the first time scientists have linked it to running, to keeping the brain active.
“Part of the brain responsible for decision-making and planning is activated during a jog, a study found. ‘To me, this suggests that running may not be such a simple activity after all,’ said Professor Gene Alexander, who co-led the study.
‘It requires complex navigational skills plus an ability to plan, monitor and respond to the environment, juggle memories of past runs, and also continue with all of the motor activities of running, which are very complicated.’