How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

Runners will eagerly attest to the mental clarity that follows a good run, and neuroscience has provided ample proof to back them up. Perhaps the most exciting scientific evidence is that aerobic exercise is currently the only stimulus known to induce neurogenesis, or the creation of new neurons. Specifically, the new cells tend to appear in the hippocampus, an area associated with memory creation and retention. Aerobic exercise also stimulates blood flow to parts of the frontal lobe associated with executive function and emotional regulation.

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