Struggling to make it through the afternoon at work? Before you reach for the 3.00pm caffeine hit or can of coke, new studies suggest a 10 minute work-out will have the same effect on your energy levels.
The research conducted by the University of Georgia suggests a quick 10 minute walk, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator is will perk you up, just as much as the amount of caffeine you’d in a can of Coke or Pepsi.
It was reported study participants felt more energetic after exercise. Although a fleeting feeling, the full effect immediately followed the exercise. The caffeine hit wasn’t as noticeable.
Researchers are going to continue to investigate how to lift energy levels mid-afternoon, but the study is a step in the right direction towards a practical solution.
A 10 minute afternoon tea break is the perfect occasion to get your exercise hit. Of course you’re not going to have enough time to go to the gym, but it’s long enough for a brisk walk around the office car park or up the road and back.
Sitting around for extended periods can make you feel exhausted. Ever noticed on those days you’ve sat around binge-watching DVD box sets or Netflix, you feel more tired than what you would have done had you got up, gone to work? That’s because long sitting period disrupt your energy levels.
Next time you feel in need of some pep in your step, turn to exercise instead of caffeine, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the difference it makes. If you’re under the pump and on deadline, simply standing up and stretching can help boost your energy levels.