Tired? Try this instead of drinking caffeine

Tired? Try this instead of drinking caffeine

After a late night or on a rough Monday morning, you may very likely turn to the coffee pot for a.m. support.

Many rely on a daily cup (or more) of joe every single day. But what if there was a way to get that same—if not an even greater—energy boost without relying on caffeine?

According to researchers at the University of Georgia, a 10-minute, regular-paced climb up and down stairs provided sleep-deprived adults more energy than the consumption of 50 milligrams of caffeine, the amount contained in a can of soda.

In one experiment, study participants completed attention and memory tests after taking a capsule containing 50 milligrams of caffeine or receiving a placebo pill. In the second experiment, participants walked up and down flights of stairs at a normal pace for 10 minutes. The subjects reported greater work motivation and increased energy after climbing stairs compared to those who had simply received the caffeine.

Study authors say the findings are great news for individuals with desk jobs.

“Office workers can go outside and walk, but weather can be less than ideal. It has never rained on me while walking the stairs,” said study co-author Patrick J. O’Connor.

Shanon Zajac, nurse coordinator of registries at the Advocate Heart Institute at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., agrees wholeheartedly.

“I usually step away from my desk in the afternoon to climb a few flights of stairs. I can definitely tell the difference when I don’t get my ‘stair break’ – I feel sluggish, and my work suffers.”

If there are no stairs at your place of work, check out these other tips for staying active while on the job.

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Holly Brenza
Holly Brenza

Holly Brenza, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, Holly enjoys reading, watching the White Sox and Blackhawks and playing with her dog, Bear and cats, Demi and Elle.