Want To Stimulate Your Brain? Do Some Squats

Your brain comprises only 2% of your total body weight, yet receives 15 to 20% of your total blood supply. There’s a lot going on up there, so your brain requires a disproportionate amount of energy and nutrients. A steady flow of blood delivers life-giving oxygen plus glucose, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and other nutrients that your brain needs to survive and thrive. It also carries away things your brain doesn’t need, such as carbon dioxide, toxins, and metabolic waste products. To do all this, one liter of blood flows through the 400 miles of blood vessels in your brain every minute. When circulation is restricted, brain cells suffer and can even die. If you want to improve your cerebral blood flow, getting regular physical exercise should be your top priority. Now research shows that doing squats is an optimal way of getting blood to flow to your brain because the alternate increase and decrease of blood flow to the hippocampus makes the brain work harder. To get started with this exercise, you need to stand as you normally would when performing a squat with your feet pointing straight and set apart at shoulder width. Then grab your right earlobe with your left hand’s thumb and finger. Repeat the step for your left earlobe and right hand’s fingers. Then lower down in a squat position while breathing in, and breathe out as you stand back up. Continue the movement for a couple of minutes or for as long as you can muster. Exercises like this simple but powerful exercise improves memory and thinking skills.