By Matt Evans
Autumn is here, and the days are getting dark and cold. What better way to give yourself a little lift than a 45-minute HIIT workout, accompanied by some cute dogs? if you're a pet owner, you might have tried exercise in the past, only to be interrupted by the little scamps running over, wondering what you're up to.
Why cute animal videos are actually good for us
If you're like us, and you tend to spend a little too long looking at funny videos of dogs and pictures of baby kittens, don't worry: it might actually be good for your performance at work. A study conducted by researchers at Hiroshima University studied participants' skills at the board game Operation before and after they looked at cute animals.
It was found participants who looked at cute animals consistently outperformed their peers when playing the game.
The participants were subjected to another task afterwards, a letter-based search game, with the same results. The message is clear: looking at cute baby animals both relaxed the participants and improved their concentration, inducing "careful behavioral tendencies" in the participants.
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Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and Channel Editor at Fit&Well. He's previously written for titles like Men's Health and Red Bull, and covers all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen kickboxer and runner. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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