Scientific Benefits of Running
The Health Benefits of Running, According to Science!
Running Can Improve Your Memory
Can't remember what you had for lunch yesterday or where you put your favorite pair of New Balances after last week's Barry's Bootcamp session? Lace up and hit the road, because going for a run can directly affect your brain in the short- and long-term. A 2014 study at the University of British Columbia revealed that regular aerobic exercise — the kind that gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat, à la SoulCycle or running — can boost the size of your hippocampus. And that's a good thing: the hippocampus is the area of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning. (In fact, time on the treadmill may counteract alzheimer's disease symptoms.)