Running Barefoot Might Be A Brain-Booster

Exercise can be refreshing, and now science has found that running barefoot can provide a mental boost. University of North Florida researchers had participans run barefoot, and then again with shoes on, at their own pace for about 16 minutes. Participants also had their working memory, or the ability to recall or process information, tested both before and after each run. The results showed about a 16 percent increase in working memory performance following the barefoot runs, but the same benefit was not derived from running with shoes on. Study leader Ross Alloway suggests running barefoot requires greater mental intensity and use of working memory, which may be why it offers a brain-boost. (UPI