Boffins say run­ning is a smart move


REG­U­LAR run­ning can trans­form the dumb­est dunce into a su­per-brained Al­bert Ein­stein – say boffins.

Re­cent re­search has re­vealed that aer­o­bic ex­er­cise not only strength­ens the heart and mus­cles, it also beefs up the brain...and can even pre­vent can­cer.

Prof Al­bert Kramer, of Illi­nois Univer­sity, said: “In­creased phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity has di­rect ef­fects on cog­ni­tion and brain health.”

He also said peo­ple with desk jobs, who do lit­tle ex­er­cise, are more at risk of brain dis­eases such as Alzheimer’s.

He said: “We are be­com­ing ever more seden­tary as a re­sult of the chang­ing na­ture of work and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties. As a re­sult, dis­eases such as di­a­betes, can­cer and Alzheimer’s are in­creas­ing. Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity seems to re­duce sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to th­ese dis­eases.”

His col­league Stephen Crane said: “Ba­si­cally, run­ning will make you smarter and keep your brain healthy.

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