Need an Energy Boost? Take the Stairs
A new study shows that taking the stairs may be a better fix for dragging energy levels after a poor night's sleep than reaching for a caffeinated snack or beverage. According to researchers, walking up and down stairs for 10 minutes gives sleep deprived adults more of an energy boost than 50 milligrams of caffeine—the amount found in a can of soda.
The small study, published in Physiology and Behavior, involved young women between the ages of 18 and 23 who reported getting an average of less than 6.5 hours of sleep each night. Study participants completed tests that evaluated memory, attention, reaction time, motivation, and mood after either taking 50 milligrams of caffeine or a placebo, or walking up and down stairs at a regular pace for 10 minutes.
Women who walked up and down stairs reported higher energy levels and greater motivation to work afterwards than those who took a caffeine supplement or placebo. So the next time you feel your energy dip in the middle of the afternoon, head for the stairwell instead of the breakroom.
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