It's a runner thing
IDJIR -I don't jog I run
WTF- Where's the finish line?
Runner's have the edge when it comes to brain and nerve development. Why? BDNF; we have more! It is a know fact that athletes have more academic success! The student athlete outperforms the student body at large and Cross Country runners consistently ranks with the highest in GPA of all student athletes. I'm not saying it is all BDNF, but we do know runners as a whole are a pretty smart group! Let's look at what BDNF is and perhaps this can explain some of the runner's smarts!
Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor is what I'm talking about! BDNF is a protein that regulates new nerve growth( neurogenesis) and neuron plasticity - the ability to learn and register new experiences and may mediate risk of dementia.
Numerous studies have proven that runners, particularly those that engage high intensity running regularly have a higher baseline levels of BDNF . Studies have shown better short term learning success, overall improved cognitive functions and a lower risk for cognitive decline.
So, I say runners are a pretty dang smart group. If you want to give your kids and edge academically, perhaps you should consider cross country running for them!
Jeff Bangle, DVM
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