We’ve always known that running is good for your physical health, but a study by the University of Calgary comes to the conclusion that running and aerobic workouts improve brain functions and memory as well.
According to the study, published by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), regular running and aerobic workouts increase brain activity by 5.7% after just 6 months. This was found to be the case regardless of age, and leads researchers to the hope that it may have an effect on Alzheimer’s and dementia research.
Marc Poulin, one of the authors of the study, said: “Even if you start an exercise program later in life, the benefit to your brain may be immense. Sure, aerobic exercise gets blood moving through your body. As our study found, it may also get blood moving to your brain, particularly in areas responsible for verbal fluency and executive functions.”