Running: the easiest way to relieve stress and protect your memory
Most people agree that getting a little exercise helps manage stress. A study conducted by Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah on mice found that exercise, especially running, reduced stress while helping to protect memory.
Running, in English, has been shown to reduce the negative impact of chronic stress on the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory, according to American researchers. Exercise is a cheap and easy way to eliminate the negative effects of chronic stress on memory.
Inside the hippocampus, memory formation occurs best when synapses or connections between neurons are strengthened over time. This process of synaptic enhancement is called long-term potentiation (LTP). Chronic or prolonged stress weakens synapses, which lowers LTP and ultimately affects memory. The study by Prof. Edwards revealed that when exercise is done during stress, LTP levels do not decrease, but remain normal.