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Stronger Brain Connections Seen In Young Endurance Runners

Endurance runners’ brains have higher functional connectivity than the brains of less active people, resting state fMRI scans reveal. Researchers compared brain scans of young-adult cross-country runners to young adults who don’t engage in regular physical activity. The runners showed greater functional connectivity, connections between distinct brain regions, within several areas of the brain, including […]

Runners’ High Not Solely Due To Endorphins

The feeling of well-being, freedom and extra energy that runners often experience is not just a matter of endorphins. A study from University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) shows that the “runner’s high” phenomenon is also caused by dopamine, an important neurotransmitter for motivation. Lead author Stephanie Fulton, a researcher at the CRCHUM, says: […]