Your brain is hardwired to your body. In addition to coming in contact with other neurons, the neurons in your brain come in contact with skeletal muscles at a structure known as the neuromuscular junction.As a result, activating your muscles, such as through some simple stretching exercises, will activate brain receptors and help improve the connections between brain synapses. (Translation: It will give your brain a boost.)

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab recommends tensing and releasing different muscle groups in the body for between 5 and 10 seconds at a time, starting with your feet.