4 Low-Impact Exercises That Power Up Your Brain. Exercise boosts blood flow to the brain and reduces inflammation. Try these easy moves at home or at the gym to fire up your brain. There’s no doubt about it: Working up a sweat is good for our physical and mental health, particularly in the morning; it can also go a long way in preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s. For a brain boost that’s also easy on joints, add these four smart moves to your exercise routine. They help create new neural pathways because they’re challenging in their complexity and intensity, says Michael Gervais, creator of HeadStrong by Equinox, a brain-training workout. Gervais recommends doing these moves as a sequence, resting 30-60 seconds between each.