‘Skip caffeine, opt for the stairs to feel more energised’

A quick walk up and down a flight of stairs packs a more powerful and restorative buzz than a midday jolt of caffeine, new research suggests. Researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) in the US found that 10 minutes of walking up and down stairs at a regular pace was more likely to make participants feel energised than ingesting 50 milligrammes of caffeine – equivalent to the amount in a can of soda.
“We found, in both the caffeine and the placebo conditions, that there was not much change in how they felt,” said Patrick J O’Connor, professor at UGA’s department of kinesiology.
“But with exercise they did feel more energetic and vigorous. It was a temporary feeling, felt immediately after the exercise, but with the 50 milligrammes of caffeine, we did not get as big an effect,” said J O’Connor. (PTI)


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