Struggling to concentrate? Just 21 minutes of exercise will help

We’ve all been there. You’re sat at your desk, trying desperately to type out an email but your brain has simply turned to mush. So you get up, maybe do a lap

around the office, perhaps hide in a toilet cubicle for five minutes and have a little scroll on your phone before making yourself a coffee and filling up your water bottle – just

so you feel like you may be able to concentrate again. Well, what if we told you there’s a more effective antidote than this? Recently in a unique experiment,

ASICS invited competitive gamers from around the world (who specialise in mind games such as Chess and Esports and who rely on their cognitive function), to start an exercise

programme. The programme included medium impact cardio and strength training and it involved increasing exercise levels to 150 minutes a week, or just 21 minutes a day.

And it just goes to show you don’t need to live in the gym to reap the rewards of some brisk exercise. The findings, after just four months of regular

workouts, concluded that minds were significantly sharpened and participants performed at an even higher competitive level. In fact, their international gaming rankings

improved by an incredible 75% – proving, yet again, the close interplay between our mind and body. Cognitive function was boosted on average by 10%, – with

problem-solving abilities improving by 9%, short-term memory increasing by 12% and processing speed and alertness improving by 10%. Group confidence levels also

increased by 44%, concentration improved by 33% and anxiety levels plummeted by 43%.