In recent years it has become normal to see exercise as a great regulator of health and even an aid, if not improver, to cognition, how well your brain works. There are numerous studies that now quite conclusively show this. (1) This is great news. Only 100-150 years ago physical activity was considered to leave one dull-minded and it was actually a raised objection by the educated groups, at least in India, to not engage in activities like yoga asanas and other physical force.
From 1920 on Swami Kuvalayananda took it upon himself to bring physical education, with the addition of yoga asanas, into the Indian school curriculum. This was an incredible feat for an ardent nationalist to have been selected by the Britisher government of the day to appoint him to this role in 1932.
Ironically in today’s active, over-worked world we have almost swung the other way, needing to be reminded to literally relax, slow down, learn how to breathe, for not just physical health but to actually realize the best return from your physical activity. In current times of required isolation how many are actually finding the balance between enough activity to stimulate the body and brain and adequate rest to relax the musculature, restore the nervous function, regulate the breath and bring relief, even lightness to the inner emotional world? With so many experiencing a load of stress, even anxiety in these times, it takes its load on brain function and how well you can emotionally process all that’s coming at you in life. One outcome of that stress load alters synapses leading to a disruption in communication between neurons (2).
You need a breathwork plan and a relaxation strategy