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Exercise increases your energy and your mental performance. But what kind of exercise is best for increasing productivity? Heavy weightlifting? Intense cardio? Mild cardio? Something else?

Some information is at http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/exercise-for-energy-workouts-that-work

What studies support one exercise routine over another for boosting energy, mental performance, and productivity?

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very good question but i think that it's very broad with not a particular answer. , but i think that it depend on person to person. heavy weightlifting is definitely not for me but if you want a very general answer i can safely say running is the best exercise for everyone to boost productivity as it increase your blood circulation thus your productivity. i would really love to hear other opinion on this –  maz3tt Nov 23 '13 at 7:16
    
Welcome to the site - this one is unfortunately very opinion based. Everyone has different preferred exercises - you need to look at what you most enjoy, and what makes you feel most alert. –  Rory Alsop Nov 23 '13 at 11:20
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Rory, I disagree. I even specifically asked for studies that support one exercise routine over another. Here's an overview from WebMD with citations: webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/… - I'm hoping that others have more details on other ideas –  user939259 Nov 23 '13 at 21:58
    
I think ultimately, it matters what's going to work for you. What's convenient for you to do? What do you enjoy doing? –  dwjohnston Nov 25 '13 at 23:32
    
I think the question might be "Which physical exercise routine gives you the best bang for your buck" i.e. the most amount of desired results for the least amount of time given. I'd say this belongs on Fitness SE. –  Gaʀʀʏ Nov 27 '13 at 16:39

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There is a study The Effects of Aerobic Exercise Intensity and Duration on Levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Healthy Men

There is a result:

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The mos beneficiary is a 40 minutes intensive aerobic exercise.

Other study: Aerobic exercise effects on cognitive and neural plasticity in older adults

Given the extant literature summarised in this review on the effect of aerobic exercise on brain and cognition, it can be safely recommended that moderate levels of exercise can serve as both a preventive measure against age-related cognitive and brain deterioration and a treatment to reverse decay and cognitive deficits already present in older adults.

I can't find anything interesting about anaerobic exercise.

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I believe that aerobic exercises (i.e., running) is the best for learning efficiently. This was the result of several studies covered in the excellent book:

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain http://www.amazon.com/Spark-Revolutionary-Science-Exercise-Brain/dp/0316113514

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