According to The National Jogging Association of Thailand — the experienced runners, who go jogging every day, are used to the permanent jogging effects: after your run, you feel absolutely fresh and active. Moreover, you can feel that your head clears up, and it`s much easier to come up with a solution to this or that question. Amazing, isn`t it!?
It may sound strange, but the whole secret is that the nerve cells are restored, and it happens in 30-40 minutes after you start jogging.
World`s famous runners suggest that if some task seems to be too complicated, just go out and take a heel-and-toe walk, or better jog at least five minutes. There is any doubt, it will help. Do you feel that you will soon explode, or cry, or feel nothing at all, but the feeling is not so pleasant? Go jogging and you will certainly be surprised with what effect it might have on your mood and health. But remember, you can not go jogging and at the same time feel sorry for yourself. Take it easy and relax, there are millions with much worse problems!
What Haruki Murakami thinks about jogging?
“I’m running, completely stunned, without a single coherent thought in my head. But when this incredible jog is over and I feel like a squeezed lemon, some desperate feeling of freshness fills me from inside”- writes a well-known writer and marathon runner Haruki Murakami. A good jog makes you feel like a completely new person, who has an absolutely different attitude to life. And not only in a figurative sense. A few years ago, the phrase “nerve cells are not restored” was an axiom. Almost everyone knows it from school that their number remains unchangeable from the very moment we become adults.
Fortunately for us, it turned out that this is not so. Some new neurons can appear throughout our life. This fact is confirmed by the research of neurobiologists, who have been working on this issue for the last 30 years. And the only way to achieve this effect is running or long-lasting aerobic training sessions.
The President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Karen Postal confirms: “We know this single trigger only. Furthermore, it can launch the process of creating new nerve cells.”
When are nerve cells restored?
So earlier there was an explanation for that state of clarity of mind that comes after a good jog and lasts for several hours.
But that`s not it! There are a lot of other amazing effects of jogging if we take into account a specific area of the brain in which some new neurons can appear.Namely – in the hippocampus, a zone responsible for memory and learning ability.
“If you are doing so that your shirt becomes wet, usually in 30-40 minutes of intense aerobic exercise, jogging or dancing, keep in mind the fact that the new nerve cells begin to appear at this point,” says Karen Postal.
Strategic thinking really matters!
The next effect of jogging can be felt only by those who are engaged in fitness or running regularly. They after 30-40 minutes of intense exercise, the activity in the frontal lobe of the brain increases – that part of the brain that is sometimes called “executive power”. It is responsible for the ability to think strategically, to plan, to focus, to set goals and to allocate time.
Additionally, the frontal lobes of the brain are associated with the emotional regulation. This effect was investigated by Harvard professor Emily Bernstein, who has been into jogging for many years. She noticed that a particularly beneficial effect of jogging plays a really important role for those, who have problems with mood swings and hot temper. After several series of experiments involving girls who had such traits, it was noted that their stress resistance and the ability to restore emotional balance have increased.
What does a marathon runner think about?
There is another important effect that influences the human brain. We are taught to be eager to the motto “here and now.” But it is also important to be ready “to clear up” your mind, to disconnect it from all your problems and stressful situations. Then unexpectedly the solutions of many questions come as if they emerge from the bottom of memory— easily and effortlessly.
Lovers of long runs are often asked: “Well, what can you think about when you run these endless kilometers?” Haruki Murakami knows about jogging process much more than many of us, that`s why he is a regular participant in many marathons. The Japanese writer brought out a whole philosophy of running.
The philosophy of running from Haruki Murakami
“To live your life as fully as possible, to give oneself up to the limits, which everyone has his or her own – that’s the meaning of jogging, and also this is the metaphor of the whole life.”
“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as a whole. I believe many runners would agree”
“All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.”
“I’m often asked what I think about as I run. Usually, the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question. What exactly do I think about when I’m running? I don’t have a clue.”
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.”
“When I’m running I don’t have to talk to anybody and don’t have to listen to anybody. This is a part of my day I can’t do without.”
“For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level. I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent, you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.”
“Being active every day makes it easier to hear that inner voice.”
“The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky.”
“I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together.”