Why I go For a Run Before I Make Any Major Life Decision

Seriously. In my opinion, it’s effective. Why?

And remember, this isn’t applicable to just running. It’s aerobic conditioning in general (a.k.a. getting the heart rate up).

According to New York Magazine, “other post-run changes have been recorded in the brain’s frontal lobe, with increased activity seen in this region after people adopt a long-term habit of physical activity. This area of the brain — sometimes called the frontal executive network system — is located, obviously enough, at the very front: It’s right behind your forehead. After about 30 to 40 minutes of a vigorous aerobic workout – enough to make you sweat – studies have recorded increased blood flow to this region, which, incidentally, is associated with many of the attributes we associate with “clear thinking”: planning ahead, focus and concentration, goal-setting, time management.”

Who doesn’t want to be a goal-setter, or a person who optimizes his or her time?

I believe this theory to be true; hence the title of my article.

Running is good for the heart. I was just fortunate to learn this at an early age as a result of running track and field.

Not only are the endorphins beneficial, but so is the fact that you are doing something for yourself; to better yourself. I believe putting the body in to motion is directly conducive to improving other areas of your life, like, your determination, your will, and your drive to succeed. If you want to put these qualities into motion, you have to put yourself into motion.

Aerobic conditioning produces neurons. Neurons are the longest living cells in the human body. There are two types of neurons produces: Sensory neurons and motor neurons. Sensory neurons carry information from the organs to the brain, signaling distress. Motor neurons control voluntary muscle activity such as speaking and carrying messages to and from the brain. To me, these sound like essential functions to live and healthy and happy life.

Studies in animal models have shown that new neurons are produced in the brain throughout the lifespan, and, so far, only one activity is known to trigger the birth of those new neurons: vigorous aerobic exercise, said Karen Postal, president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. “That’s it,” she said. “That’s the only trigger that.”

The catch here, and what I believe to be most important, is where these new neurons sprout up once they are produced and have migrated. They centralize in the Hippocampus region of the brain. This section of your brain controls your emotions, your memory and your autonomic nervous system, which controls how your digestive system and other bodily functions are carried out.

“If you are exercising so that you sweat — about 30 to 40 minutes — new brain cells are being born,” added Postal, who herself is a runner. “And it just happens to be in that memory area.”

Get Moving!