"How Running Will Alter Your Brain"

with Dr. Ben Martynoga

“For me I think of running as a moving form of mindfulness meditation. Because you don’t really have much option but to be very tuned into the present moment . You’re thinking about the sensation in your feet, in your legs. You’re almost certainly aware of your breathing. You’re thinking about where your next foot is going to fall, what route you’re going to take. I find it very easy to get into this more freewheeling mode of attention." — Dr. Ben Martynoga

For this episde, we sat down with neuroscientist and writer Dr. Ben Martynoga, who as an avid runner himself, loves to look at how running affects the brain.


While Ben isn’t leading any of his own clinical studies, he acts as somewhat of a translator in his writing, helping us to understand the cutting edge of brain science. He’s spent the past decade and a half in the lab, looking at how the brain grows and works during our lifetime.


And being a keen runner, Ben is curious to look at real evidence, and science that supports the effects and feelings many of us express about what running does for our wellbeing: how running can help us clear the mind, find focus, deal with stress, think more creatively, experience a “runner’s high” and impact our overall mental health. 


Ben in fact equates running with a type of mindfulness meditation, part of the reason his important work is so interesting to us at Aire Libre, and why we wanted to include him in this series of intimate conversations on discovering our world through running, travel, culture, spirituality and mindfulness.

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About Dr. Ben Martynoga

Ben Martynoga is a neuroscientist and science writer. After a decade at the forefront of brain research, he swapped his white coat for a pen, leaving his full-time lab role to focus on communicating science. He is in demand as a speaker and has published books, chapters, blogs and podcasts. His articles appear in the Guardian, New Statesman, The i newspaper, Long+Short magazine and the Financial Times. Increasingly, he feels the need to get up from his laptop and go out for a run. When he gets back to his desk, ideas always flow more easily. He tweets, occasionally, at @mountainogre 


Daniel is a Canadian journalist, avid runner and cyclist, and long time Aire Libre ambassador. Currently, he is living and working in London, from where he travels constantly to explore new places through cycling and running. You might bump into him at one of our experiences soon. 

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