Increase your creativity
The brains of runners have better-connected neural pathways essential for higher-level cognitive functions than sedentary people. Areas that worked especially well were those involved in working memory, multitasking, attention, decision-making and spatial and visual awareness. An increase in your heart activity benefits the oxygen flux in your body affecting the brain activity, which causes improvements of the overall cognitive processes.
Maintain high cognitive activity
Running helps boosting the brain's ability to minimize and slow cognitive decline that begins usually after age 45. Working out, especially between age 25 and 45, boosts the chemicals in the brain that prevents degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning.
It calms you down
The physical activity and the level of chemicals released during and after running are known for inducing a general state of calm especially for those with high anxiety levels caused by the daily stressful quotidian or one off events on ones’ life.
Running can control stress and boost the body's ability to deal with the mental tension. Even more running mitigates the negative effects that chronic stress has on your hippocampus, the part of your brain responsible for learning and memory. Periods of prolonged stress weaken the synapses between neurons, causing a negative impact on your processing power. Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps moderate the brain's response to stress.
The sunshine vitamin.
If chosen, this form of activity is always highly recommend to practice it outside. A sunny day helps your body produce vitamin D, a nutrient that can lessen your likelihood of experiencing depressive symptoms.
Brain activity booster
Cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells and improve overall brain performance. A tough run increases levels of a brain-derived protein in the body, believed to help with decision-making, higher thinking and learning.
Overall, the fitness level you achieve from regular, shorter runs can add years to your life expectancy. There are so diverse reasons and proven records of why running is so beneficial to one’s healthy life, improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, a better balance of good and bad cholesterol or lowering stress hormones. But most important is the improvement in your quality of life following a structured routine of such intense physical activity as running is.