10 minutes exercise can boost brainpower

A 10-minute, one-time burst of exercise can measurably boost your brain power, is the finding of a study being conducted by Prof. Heath and his student Ashna Samani at Western University in London, Canada. In a study conducted the participants either read a magazine or did 10 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise on a stationary bicycle. Following the reading and exercise session, the researchers used eye-tracking equipment to examine participants’ reaction times to a cognitively demanding eye movement task. The task was designed to challenge areas of the brain responsible for executive function such as decision-making and inhibition. The results showed that exercise showed an immediate betterment in both reactions times and cognitive tasks performance. According Prof. Heath the research has implications for older people in early stages of dementia who may be less mobile and for anyone else looking to gain quick mental edge in their work.


Source: Neuropsychologia