Run­ning on the brain

Runner's World (UK) - - Warm ups/ mind-health -

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Here’s some­thing to think about: your run­ning could of­fer pro­tec­tion against cere­bral de­cline in later years. That was the find­ing of a re­cent study1 in­volv­ing en­durance ath­letes. The re­search found that ath­letes in late mid­dle-age who’d been train­ing for at least 15 years had sig­nif­i­cantly greater cor­ti­cal thick­ness (which cor­re­lates with bet­ter men­tal abil­ity) in their brains than peers who met, but did not ex­ceed, the min­i­mum phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity guide­lines.

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