Running Helps More Than Your Body! What a Study Revealed! by Mei Marcie
We know that running helps burn calories, but its benefits also extend to our brain. A team of researchers from NYU School of Medicine studied how voluntary running can help mice with impaired brain function lead a longer life. The researchers put running ataxic mice (i.e. mice with impaired motor function that would lead to shorter life) on a running wheel. The results? The mice had:
- longer lifespan
- better weight gain
- better sense of balance
When studying the brain of these mice, it was found that these "running mice" had more myelin – a lipid-based substance that coats nerve fibers and helps the nerves to carry "messages" efficiently.
For the sake of your brain and body, start running today! Read more about this study here!