How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running as originally seen in New York Magazine
I’ve started running again. I am the slowest runner on the face of the planet, but I still lap everyone on the couch. Although I’ve come and gone at attempting to better myself through running, it has always been my go-to activity when angry. If I run until I can’t breathe anymore, I find once my breath is caught, I’m so much clearer headed and ready to face whatever it is that made me angry in the first place head on. So when I saw that title, I had to investigate.
In the article, they state that neuroscience has found that 30-40 minutes of vigorous physical activity triggers neuroplasticity– creating new nerve cells in the are of the brain specifically used for creating memories and learning– and also increases blood flow to the frontal lobe which houses all your higher level cognitive functions– such as problem solving, planning, empathy, etc.
That makes perfect sense with why running is my antithesis to anger. Now I know and you do too.