How exercise makes you more productive in the workplace
Exercising is more than just about being fit and losing weight. Our bodies and our brains are naturally hardwired to a lifestyle we no longer lead. Nowadays the majority of the urban population leads a sedentary lifestyle with a 9 – 5 job. Most of the people have little or no physical activity. Once they come home they sit in front of a TV screen or glued to a computer screen. But there’s so much more to physical activity that can help us lead a more fulfilling and fruitful life. That’s exactly why many modern office environments implement workplace physical activity. If you’re still not convinced, here’s how exercise can help you be more productive:
Helps you concentrate
It’s been scientifically proven that exercise is good not only for your heart, lungs and posture, but also for your mental health and productivity in the workplace. Regular exercise can help you stay sharp and laser focused which significantly increases your overall work performance.
Delays the aging process
When you’ve been working for 5, 10, 15 or 20 years doing the same sedentary job every day 5 days a week – it takes its toll. Whether we liked it or not, we age and our bodies deteriorate and are less productive. Exercise can help postpone this damage and boost our performance. To put things into perspective, according a study published in the Journal of Physiology “mandatory running exercise alters the brain chemistries of middle-aged animals toward an environment that is favorable to NSC proliferation, survival, and maturation.”
Elevates your mood naturally
Exercise is also a natural mood elevator. And everybody knows that mood affects productivity. When you’re tense or depressed it instantly affects the amount of work you’re able to do. When you work out your body releases useful chemicals known as neurotransmitters which help you feel much better afterwards. Regular physical exercise makes people happier – and the happier they are – the more productive they are.
Boosts your energy levels
Although it seems like you should be losing energy, regular physical exercise can actually help you be more energized during the day. But why does this happen? As it turns out, physical activity promotes the creation of new mitochondria in your brain which eventually helps your body produce more energy. This boosts both your mental and your physical endurance which in turn helps you be more productive in your workplace. The evidence linking physical activity and productivity is compelling. Just a short exercise routine every day can mean a lot. You can exercise as little as 10 -15 minutes every day and you’ll already be feeling more productive and overall more positive.