10 Minutes of Exercise May Significantly Increase Mental Function. A lady with a bright light shining from her head. Picture says 10 Minutes of exercise Boost Brain.

It seems like every day a new study comes out reporting the health benefits of exercise. Here is a good one – a recent study published in Neuropsychologica. Its findings suggest that 10 minutes of aerobic exercise can improve brain function.

The study followed a group of students from the University of Western Ontario. Half of these students exercised for 10 minutes, while the other group lounged around for 10 minutes. After time was up, both groups received testing that gauged their cognitive abilities. The group who exercised had better response time and were more accurate in their answers than the group that lounged. The improvement in the exercise group’s scores compared to their pre-exercise scores was almost 14%.

Previous research had shown that benefits in brain function develop after 20 minutes of exercise. This study shows the time may be half that. Currently, researchers are working on a study to investigate how long these positive brain effects last.


Samani A, Heath M. Executive-related oculomotor control is improved following a 10-min single-bout of aerobic exercise: Evidence from the antisaccade task. Neuropsychologia. 2018 Jan 8;108:73-81.

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