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A brief jog sharpens the mind, boosting attentional control and perceptual speed

04 October 2018

If you wanted to ensure your mind was in top gear, in terms of your attentional skills and processing speed, which do you think would provide the better preparation – 15 minutes of calm relaxation, or a 15 minute jog?

A study involving 101 undergrad students suggests you’d be better off plumping for the latter.

Evidence had already accumulated showing that relatively brief, moderate aerobic exercise – like going for a brisk walk or a jog – has immediate benefits for mental functioning, especially speed and attentional control. 

A parallel literature has also documented how brief, aerobic exercise has beneficial effects on your mood, including making you feel more energetic, even when you don’t expect it to.

Read more in a post from Christian Jarrett on our Research Digest blog.

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