There is an increased frequency of the sense of touch internally and externally across the body, during certain physical activities that speeds up functions, providing an energy loop, useful against the accumulation of fat as well as idling that may allow certain diseases germinate.
Most sensory inputs, except smell, lands at the thalamus. Smell lands at the olfactory bulb. They are both locations of sensory processing or integration before relay to the cerebral cortex for interpretation.
The thalamus is said to relay for sensory and motor functions. Motor functions could be aligned with the sense of touch, because all movements have a touch function.
All touch sensory processes end up in the memory, because interpretation in the cerebral cortex is divided into knowing, feeling and reaction. Knowing is memory.
The memory has stores, representing all internal and external senses. Just as the input locations increase in speed because of motion, so do their representative in memory locations.
This makes physical activity potent to change the state of mind, or weaken whatever is dominant, because the reps of the sense of touch continue to move and may push away the dominant large store.
Physical activity puts different areas of the body to work, inducing more prioritization, from pre-prioritization and getting channels uncluttered for some functions.
The distribution of the sense of touch correlates with the benefits of physical activity, which correlates with health—physical and mental.
There was a recent study, “Independent and joint associations of weightlifting and aerobic activity with all-cause, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial” that said that those ‘doing weightlifting had a 9% lower all-cause mortality risk’.