A study conducted by researchers from the University of Arizona found that jogging is likely to have an impact on the structure and function of the brain. Experts believe that physical activity can strengthen the relationship between areas of the brain.
This conclusion was based on brain scans of people involved in running cross country, and those who are usually sedentary and did not participate in any organized sports activities for at least a year. Age of study participants with comparable body mass index and education level was about 18-25 years old.
With MRI, scientists can monitor brain function at rest, that is what happens in the brain when people are awake, but are relaxed and not distracted any specific job.
It was found that compared with those who did not regularly engaged in physical activity, there were more runners functional connections in several areas of the brain, including the frontal cortex, which plays an important role in planning, decision-making and related to the ability to switch attention between tasks.
As the researchers note, for the past 15 years it was conducted many studies that have shown that physical activity and exercise have a beneficial effect on the brain, but most of these studies included data of older adults.
In their study, they also focused on how active sessions affect brain function in young adults.