How Exercising Your Body Makes You Smarter



“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” — Paul Terry

Do you feel smarter after you workout?

It’s because you have more oxygen available to your brain.

Working out also increases your sense of well-being.

In Shed 10 Years in 10 Weeks, Dr. Julian Whitaker and Colman write about how exercising makes you smarter and feel better.

Key Takeaways

Here are my key takeaways:

  • Exercising makes you think and feel better and act better.
  • You feel smarter after you workout because you have more oxygen available to your brain.
  • Endorphins released during exercise make you feel better.

If you want to think, feel, and do better in work and life, find a way to exercise that you enjoy.

Think Better and Feel Better with Exercise

It’s not just in your body, it’s in your mind, too.  Exercise helps you think better and feel better.

Dr. Whitaker writes:

“Did you ever wonder why you feel so recharged after a good workout? 

Nowhere is the body mind connection more apparent than when it comes to the effect of exercise on the brain. 

Exercise increases the amount of oxygen available to the brain by making the heart stronger and able to pump more oxygenated blood. 

In addition to increasing oxygen stores, exercise creates a natural high.  It stimulates the release of endorphins, neurochemicals that actually have an opiate-like effect on the brain. 

People who exercise think more clearly, feel more alert and energetic, and have a markedly increased sense of well-being.”

If you want more brain, exercise your brawn.

You Might Also Like

Bruce Lee’s 3-Minute Workout
How 30-Minutes of Exercise is More Effective than Longer Workouts
The Best Lessons I Learned from Chalene Johnson


  1. J.D., your site is a must read for anyone too busy to read! (That’s me these days!) Great reviews, great summaries, great takeaways. Thanks, I was curious about Dr. Whittaker’s program. It’s good to see all these things I learned in Naturopathic med school back in the 70s and 80s have gone mainstream.
    I hope you come back and provide updates until you’ve completed the whole program!
    be well

  2. Hey Dr. K

    Thanks for the kind words!

    I really hope to connect more people to the great wisdom of the ages. So many nuggets from so many books have really shaped my life. It’s like standing on the shoulders of giants.

    Your Dealing with People You Can’t Stand, is among the timeless classics. I recommend it to all my mentees.

Comments are closed.