The Brain Before & After a Run

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Running can help kick the ‘blues’ to the curve, reduce stress, and in some cases… I read in the published literature and stories from runners who suffer from depression that running can be just as effective SSRI’S.

Running can “spark the growth of fresh nerve cells, called neurogenesis, and new blood vessels, called angiogenesis.Running may make the functions that happen in the frontal cortex—decision-making, planning, organizing mental tasks easier. “In a 2010 study, also in PNAS, adult mice “runners” grew new neurons that made them better at making fine distinctions between shapes and colors than sedentary rodents. Earlier studies on humans came to similar conclusions. These types of cognitive skills, including improved focus, help forestall dementia.”

Speaking for myself, that image I’m sharing of the brain before & after a run pretty much illustrates how I feel AFTER a good run! I feel happier, stronger, energized, mentally focussed and calm….and my mind is clear (no brain fog that day).

If you have not tried running or given yourself the chance and patience to work on it/commit to it, I highly recommend you try.:)

Healthy regards,
-Susana
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