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Exercise better at boosting mental performance than coffee, writer finds

Would you replace your cup of coffee for jumping jacks?

A writer in the United Kingdom has discovered that a 30-second workout does a better job of boosting a person’s mental performance than coffee.

Gregory Ferenstein, with the Daily Beast, found that his mental performance increased by 12 per cent after exercising, as opposed to six per cent after consuming caffeine.

Ferenstein tested his memory and reaction time using quantified-mind.com, which is a website that assesses a person’s reaction time and memory.

He did the tests on separate occasions — after consuming caffeine (250 milligrams) and then at another time, after doing certain exercises — to see how it affected his memory and reaction times.

He also said his favourite exercises are burpees and mountain climbers.