Get more blood flow and oxygen to the brain with physical exercises.


“YOU SHOULD DO EXERCISE.” “EXERCISE KEEP YOU FRESH” and “EXERCISE PROTECT YOU FROM DANGEROUS DISEASES” All these expressions and more we hear, or read many times. Some of us ask Why all these talks about exercises? What is the importance of the exercises? Does exercise is so important to this degree?

The answer is “YES” physical exercise is so important and helpful in our life that physical exercise affects our health in many ways physical and psychological.

Physical exercises protect you from illness, decrease the severity, or delay complications of many diseases.

Physical Exercise means doing repetitive regular movement for more than twenty minutes, which helps us to keep good health, fitness, and perfect mood.

Many categories of exercises are done for many purposes as increasing skeletal muscular power, cardiac muscle or decreasing weight, or maintaining weight by preventing any increase in weight, as a part of a medical treatment schedule, and for enjoyment.

How do physical exercises affect my health?

There are a lot of physical exercise benefits as regular exercise can help our body in many ways.

Immune system activation – Exercise and white blood cells Subpopulations Neutrophils concentrations increase during and after exercise, whereas lymphocyte concentrations increase during exercise and fall below after long-duration.

Exercise and Lymphocyte Proliferation – Lymphocytes must proliferate extensively before they differentiate into functional effectors cells of a particular immunogenic specificity. Exercise and NK Cells Exercise of various types, durations, and intensities induce recruitment to the blood of cells expressing characteristic NK cell markers

Cardiovascular system – Exercises cause vasodilatation in the blood vessels to supply the active muscle with oxygen and nutrients which decrease the peripheral resistance inside the blood vessels. Also, movement prevents the stagnation of blood and prevents the formation of clots which lead to infarction and if reaches the brain causes an infarction stroke.

Blood glucose level – Nowadays exercises consider a cornerstone in the treatment of diabetes mellitus, of their effect on glucose levels in the blood.

Exercise and fat – Exercise increase the metabolic rate so our body is using more calories and burning more fats. Doing physical exercises regularly may help you prevent or get rid of obesity and maintain your body fitness.

Exercises improve brain functions as well by increasing the blood flow to the brain which carries the nutrition and oxygen, increasing the growth factors that help new nerve cells formation, and increasing chemicals in the brain that help cognition, such as dopamine, glutamate, norepinephrine, and serotonin.

Also, physical exercises affect your mood state as it prevents depression and maintains us in a euphoric state. During exercises, our body secrets endogenous endorphins which decrease our pain and modify our mood.

Physical exercises also can improve sexual performance and body look.

Exercises reduce levels of Cortisol, it’s is a stress hormone that builds fat in the abdominal region, making weight loss difficult, also causing hypertension, and suppressing the immune system to increase infection occurrence.

Physical exercise improves your immune system which decreases infections and increases blood supply to your body which protects you from stroke and infarction, decreases blood glucose level, and helps with weight loss.


Get more blood flow and oxygen to the brain

The brain is the exclusive organ controlling every moment. It works properly when it receives proper food which is oxygen, transmitted to it via blood. Oxygen is the brain’s chief energy. Although most of us believe that exercises are good for our health and body we are not so familiar with their wonderful effects on our brain. Physical activity or exercise is an outstanding way to increase blood flow and let go of more oxygen to the brain. It perks ups the entire circulation of the body.

Physical exercises make you strong and allow you to meet different challenges in life. All this occurred because you have a strong brain enriched with blood and oxygen. The active brain makes you handle emergencies, difficult situations, or events.

The release of Important Endorphin

When we exercise, it indirectly leads to brain exercise. In this way, there is a release of an important neurotransmitter occurs, the Endorphins. It is a natural analgesic. Its release causes the body to feel ecstatic and contented. This endorphin also works to reduce depression and stress. We have seen that physically active people enjoy life more by being confident and satisfied. Because of exercise, our body becomes capable of self-medicating and removes every kind of stress and strain itself. 

Some Exercises You can perform

You can carry out a wide range of physical exercises such as aerobics, walking briskly, riding a bike, swimming, running, and taking part in different sports

Benefits of Walking To Brain

Walking is considered an excellent exercise for the brain because it not only augments blood circulation and oxygen but also allows more glucose to reach the brain. It is not difficult to perform, anyone can do it easily and it also does not let you put in the extra effort. As you walk, your brain efficiently gets oxygenated. It is also said that walking lucid your head and, therefore, helps in thinking better.

Different kinds of movements we do while exercising increase the rate of breathing and this further increases heart rate. Increased heart rate pumps more blood to meet its increasing demand. Therefore, more blood flows to the brain, resulting in more energy production and the removal of wastes. Even some researchers say that in reaction to exercise, the cerebral blood vessels start growing. Walking regularly can lead to enhance memory as well. It improves learning ability, cognitive functions & concentration, and allows conceptual reasoning.

Running & Sports Benefits

By either running or doing any sports, you are directly exercising your body and brain. It is said that running boosts up brain functions and even may setback the inception and succession of some neurodegenerative diseases.

Make Brain Intelligent

Physical exercises also increase the production of brain cells, particularly in the areas of learning, and therefore add more brainpower. Scientists believe that there is a link between exercise and getting intelligent while doing so. It assists in removing any ambiguity from the mind and a person may then be able to feel and think evidently and execute work better. Once this is accomplished brain setups more space to learn in addition to new cell production.

Brain Prospect and Your Life!

As with regular exercise, people not only feel healthy and active for that period but these exercises also provide benefits for later life. Accrued exercises over the years and the steady flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, coupled with new cells produced in the brain all can lead to a decrease in the risk of development of degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease when aging starts. This is also true with other cerebral problems such as dementia, as commonly diagnosed in elderly people.

Exercise induces long-lasting effects on your body and brain. All these help you to concentrate, think, and feel. You will make decisions rightly; handle critical matters patiently and wisely. You will find a boost to your memory as well. Just start doing the physical activity of your choice; you will feel a change, obviously positive change with a natural increase of blood and oxygen flowing to your brain.


Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics.  She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.
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