Running not only keeps your body healthy, but your brain healthy.

According to new research, prolonged stress weakens the connections in brain cells, specifically in the hippocampus. But, “running reverses the damaging effects of chronic stress on critical areas of the brain.”

As we know, exercise is beneficial to all aspects of our health, but running specifically has been found to help our brain’s cognitive ability to retain memories and to learn under stress.

A study was performed on mice that were separated into two groups. One group of mice were stressed, while the others weren’t. Both groups ran through a maze, and it was found that those who were stressed still performed just as well on the maze. Of course, the best results are found in low stress, high exercise environments, but it’s important to note that exercise does make a difference in cognitive functionality, even when stressed.