Running Helps Protect Memory From Stress
You’ve probably heard that exercise can help you better manage the stress of modern life. A study recently published in the journal of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory offers a more specific finding, suggesting that running can help protect the hippocampus region of the bran responsible for learning and memory from the negative impact of stress.
Long-term potentiation strengthens the connections between brain neurons. Memory formation and recall are optimized under this condition. Stress weakens long-term potentiation, so researchers subjected lab mice to stressful situations. Some of these rodents ran the equivalent of 5 km per day on a wheel while others were inactive. Electrophysiology experiments on mouse brains showed significantly greater long-term potentiation in exercising mice compared to their inactive counterparts.