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Brief Exercise can Boost Your Attention, Mental Performance

March 10, 2013|ADHD

A new study shows that brisk exercise lasting just 10 to 40 minutes can boost concentration and improve performance on challenging tasks. This finding might have implications for helping children and adults with ADHD or anyone who would like a quick, easy way to improve focus when necessary. For example, taking a brisk walk prior to a test or important meeting at work could improve performance.

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No doubt, the biggest appeal of exercise is to build biceps, heart muscle, and perhaps some definition in those abdominal muscles, but how about using exercise to build your brain?

It’s been known for some time that exercise can lift your mood, ward off depression, and help the brain age more gracefully — free of memory loss and dementia.

But now researchers have found that even just one bout of exercise can — even better than a cup of coffee — improve your mental focus and cognitive performance for any challenging task you face that day.

A new analysis of 19 studies involving 586 kids, teens, and young adults that was published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal found that short 10 to 40 minutes bursts of exercise led to an immediate boost in concentration and mental focus, likely by improving blood flow to the brain.

via 4 Ways to exercise can boost your mental performance – Boston.com.

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