A Simple Exercise To Improve Brain Power

It turns out doing a series of squats several times a week can do more that build your leg and glut muscles. It also works to improve your brain power as well. And that’s good news, because who doesn’t want to do that?! More good news is that doing squats while listening to music, following a podcast or even watching TV seems to increase the benefit, so you can actually get two things on your “to do” list done for the “price” of one. Good deal!

If squats are part of your daily routine, then we have good news for you! Doing just a few minutes of this resistance exercise can go a long way towards improving your brain power and making you smarter, according to recent research.

Squats are often used by fitness trainers to improve strength and stability, as they involve multiple muscle groups, such as the calves, quadriceps, abdominals, and glutes. But recent research shows that the benefits of the squat go even further to improve your brain health too, reports the BBC.

Squats and your brain

The research findings show that squats can have a significant effect on your cognitive function. “You don’t need to be huffing and puffing and really pushing yourself hard in the gym to target certain parts of the brain,” explains Prof Damian Bailey from the University of South Wales. “You can do some really neat little exercises that don’t really feel like you’re exercising at all and which stimulate the brain really quite remarkably; you can be smart for the brain – it’s about intelligent exercise.”

According to Prof Bailey, doing squats for just three to five minutes, three times a week can be better for your brain than 30 minutes of steady-state exercises, such as a run or a walk.

Going against gravity

As you squat your head moves up and down against gravity. When this happens, your blood flow speeds up and slows down at a significant rate. It is precisely this change in the blood flow rate in the brain that is responsible for the benefits, explains Prof Bailey.

It’s never too late to start

The best thing about the new findings is that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t been doing much exercise. This is because those who are not as fit tend to get the biggest brain benefits from this exercise since their brains are not as used to cushioning the changes in blood flow, reports the BBC.

Bring on the podcasts

What’s also interesting about the research findings is that listening to musicfollowing a podcast, or even watching TV as you are doing squats can actually amplify the exercise’s benefits on your brain function.

SOURCE: https://www.optimistdaily.com/2022/01/this-simple-exercise-can-improve-your-brain-power/

FYI, this news about squats seems to at least partly explain why the brain exercise given in this previous Self-help Health post works so well. It’s one I try to do on a daily basis, especially since it’s easy and quick to fit in any time and there’s no extra space or special equipment required!…

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/boost-your-brain-power-plus-more-free-health-resources/

Another routine I do regularly that just so happens to include squats is the short HIIT series of exercises created by Dr Zach Bush. Glad to see I’ve been automatically getting in a double dose of squats without consciously planning it. HA!

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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