How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running
Running never fails to clear your head. Do you have to make a potentially life-altering decision? Go for a run. Are you feeling mad or sad? Go for a run.
A run can sometimes make you feel like a brand-new person. Research in neuroscience found a link between aerobic exercise and subsequent cognitive clarity.
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Any kind of exercise, be it aerobic, walking or Yoga, changes the brain's composition, structure and the way it operates. The changes that happen to the brain:
The brain's electric impulses change, and the Beta waves increase during and after exercise, putting it in a better, more alert state.
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