Skip Nav
Class Fitsugar
A Total-Body Workout to Build Metabolism-Boosting Muscle
Health News
PSA: You May Want to Stop Relying on Your Fitness Tracker For Counting Calories
Healthy Recipes
40 No-Bake Treats You'll Want to Make All Summer Long

Hard Aerobic Workouts Increase Brain Function

Your Brain on Running

I have read many an article explaining how to run smarter, not harder, but according to a few recent studies discussed on the blog Well, running hard could actually make you smarter. While the majority of the research has been done on rats, both human and animal studies have found that working hard aerobically sharpens the senses and primes the brain for problem solving. When I think about it, the connection between running and thinking seems related to human evolution: run hard from your predator and devise a way to outwit the beast of prey. The scientists working with rats may ask that we don't jump to the conclusion that what works for rats will work for us, but I am adding these studies to my motivational arsenal when it comes time for a tempo run or sprint interval workout.

Image Source: Getty
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn Family Pictures
Dad Runs Fastest Marathon With Stroller | Video
Jiu-Jitsu Student Akira Bua | Video
What Is the Murph CrossFit Workout?
White Sunglasses Trend
What Shoes Should I Wear With a Foot Injury?
Summer 2017 Running Gear
Mango Red Pepper Salsa
Obesity Can Lead to Brain Degeneration
Avocado Hummus
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds