Running Counteracts Negative Effect of Stress

The newly published study in the journal of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory finds that running mitigates the negative impacts of chronic stress, improves learning and memory.

“Exercise is a simple and cost-effective way to eliminate the negative impacts on memory of chronic stress,” said study lead author Jeff Edwards, associate professor of physiology and developmental biology at BYU.

The experiment was carried out on mice. It shows the exercised mice with stress performed as well as un-stressed mice in a maze to test memory, and the exercised mice with stress performed better than un-exercised mice with stress.

Of course, Edwards says the best way to protect brain is exercise plus no stress. However, in real life, everyone could be experiencing daily pressure, running regularly can help to counteract the negative effect of stress, and keep the brain healthy.

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