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You may hear from people who run that they feel great afterwards and get “addicted” to running, well it turns out our bodies may be born to run, which is why we get high from it.
As a doctor, Morganti knows what regular running does for her body. “Your heart gets stronger. It gets bigger. The amount of blood your heart can pump is more.” That’s called “stroke volume.” Oxygen metabolism gets more efficient, as well. “That means your blood vessels and muscles absorb more oxygen,” she says. “Running also builds new bone.”
But when I ask her about “runner’s high,” she lights up. “Oh, it’s really like an empowerment. And zen at the same time. You feel strong and light, and you feel relaxed.”
Read more at NPR.
There is strong evidence that physical activity and good grades at school are directly connected. It’s a good idea to let kids go outside and just run around!
“The findings of one high-quality intervention study and one high-quality observational study suggest that being more physically active is positively related to improved academic performance in children,” the authors write.
The article suggests several reasons for such a link:
- Exercise improves blood and oxygen flow to the brain, improving cognition.
- Exercise boosts levels of endorphins and norepinephrine, decreasing stress and improving mood.
- Exercise helps to create new nerve cells and supports synaptic plasticity.
Read a bit more at the CBC.
When it comes to running it’s not the shoes that count, it’s the muscles. Some researchers have examined barefoot runners compared to shoe runners and found out that barefoot runners don’t strike their heels like those who shoes. Running barefoot is fun and healthy!
“People who don’t wear shoes when they run have an astonishingly different strike,” says Daniel E. Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and co-author of a paper appearing this week in the journal Nature. “By landing on the middle or front of the foot, barefoot runners have almost no impact collision, much less than most shod runners generate when they heel-strike. Most people today think barefoot running is dangerous and hurts, but actually you can run barefoot on the world’s hardest surfaces without the slightest discomfort and pain. All you need is a few calluses to avoid roughing up the skin of the foot. Further, it might be less injurious than the way some people run in shoes.”
Working with populations of runners in the United States and Kenya, Lieberman and his colleagues at Harvard, the University of Glasgow, and Moi University looked at the running gaits of three groups: those who had always run barefoot, those who had always worn shoes, and those who had converted to barefoot running from shod running. The researchers found a striking pattern.
Keep reading at Science Daily.