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Daily Wisdom: May 1

New study shows exercise is superior to coffee when it comes to boosting energy.

Every athlete knows that education is a crucial part of performance. Sport and exercise research, insight from top trainers, science, and technology help you to better understand your body so you can craft a healthier lifestyle, workouts, and recovery plan.

In our daily news series, Matt Berenc, director of education at the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, addresses some of the latest fitness research and news stories.

Today’s Topic: Exercising for a mid-day energy boost

The Science: In a study done by researchers at the University of Georgia, participants felt more energized after they spent 10 minutes walking up and down stairs compared to when they took 50 milligrams of caffeine. “The researchers looked at the energizing effects of short-duration, low-intensity exercise performed in an office setting,” says Berenc. “They found an immediate, though temporary, boost in energy afterwards.”

EQX Expert Insight: “The results suggest it might be better to hit the stairs in your building for 10 minutes instead of hanging out by the coffee machine,” says Berenc. But if you have more time or access to a gym, that's even better. “Similar positive results have been seen with low, moderate, and even high exercise intensities as well as in durations up to 45 minutes,” says Berenc.

The Bottom Line: “Regardless of the type and length of exercise, integrating it into your work day can have a host of effects that lead to the energized feeling," says Berenc. "It provides a break in potential monotony allowing for mental stimulation, movement through wide ranges of motion alleviating stiffness from sitting, and drives oxygen to your working tissues through increased heart rate and circulation.”