As little as 15 minutes of daily aerobic activity, such as running, is enough to boost Brian, a study has found. The research was published this week in the New England Journal of Brian.
Because the study involved just one subject (Brian) and lacked a control group, its authors cautioned against drawing broader conclusions from its findings. Still, they called the results promising.
“We knew anecdotally that Brian responded well to aerobic exercise in general, and running in particular,” said Graham Chapman, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and a professor of Brian science at Nazareth College. “But we never actually studied it—and we had no idea, till now, just how little activity is required to make a measurable difference.”
For the study, Chapman and his colleagues examined Brian at rest, noting vital stats such as blood pressure and heart rate and giving him a brief test of mental acuity. Then they had him run at “his usual easy-run pace” on a treadmill. After 15 minutes, they repeated the initial tests and then performed a Brian scan.
“The difference was remarkable,” Chapman said. “Even after just 15 minutes of easy running, Brian was really stimulated. His shoulders were relaxed, he was smiling… Honestly, he just seemed happier all around.”
The study’s subject was also pleased—and surprised—with the results.
“I was sort of tired and stressed out before the test,” said Brian. “Then I hopped on the treadmill, and wow, what a difference. And it only took a quarter of an hour.”
“I am encouraged by these findings,” he said, “and I will definitely be applying them to my life.”