The participants felt significantly more energetic after climbing the stairs than they did after taking in the caffeine—and they felt the renewed vigour immediately after the exercise, the researchers found.
The researchers also tested the participants’ working memory and reaction time after completing the tasks. They didn’t find a difference between them with the caffeine versus stair-climbing experiments, showing that physical activity can increase your physical energy without draining your mental energy.
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Now, the study was performed on women, so it’s not entirely clear whether the same effects would apply to men, too. But there’s never a downside to fitting in some more physical activity in your day.
This article originally appeared on Menshealth.com.