Going out for a run can also be great for your brain performance – all that visual and audio stimulation can help your brain process information and connect new synapses in a process called neuroplasticity.
The key to helping your brain stay agile is trying new things, experiencing new environments and challenging yourself. If you're going to go running in your local area, try not to get into a rut. Make sure you vary your runs. If you're looking for ideas, here are some ways to mix it up:
Try out different routes. Running in the same area can become monotonous, and that's why we're going outside instead of using a treadmill.
Try running at different times. Running in the morning and running at night will be very different experiences and help push your fitness further. It means you'll have to contend with different amounts of traffic, new sounds, smells and other people, this can help keep you focused for the length of your run.
Map out your trip. Keep track of how far you go and where you go, then compare these to track your progress. You can do this with one of any number of mobile or wearable apps.
Multitask. Just because you're running doesn't mean you can't learn French or practice long-division at the same time. Running is a great opportunity to occupy your conscious mind with podcasts, audio books or audio lessons.