8 ways exercise will boost your workplace productivity.
Exercise will improve your productivity at work!
Naomi Mead, a Registered Nutritional Therapist, describes the eight ways regular exercise will boost your workplace productivity.
Table of contents
- Mood booster
- Illness prevention
- Increased energy levels
- Keeps you mentally sharp
- Improves memory
- Stress management
If you exercise regularly, you will know just how fantastic it is, not just for your physical health, but for your mood and mental well being too.
Regular exercise has been proven to reduce stress, lower feelings of anxiety & depression, boost self-esteem, and improve sleep. And within the workplace, this can translate to you feeling happier, healthier, and more motivated.
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8 ways regular exercise can boost your productivity at work.
1. Mood booster
The happier you are, the more productive you can be. Depression is linked to low levels of certain “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and dopamine. Regular exercise has been shown to boost levels of these chemicals, and by doing so can help to improve mood.
According to research by D.G. Myers, happy employees have lower medical costs, work more efficiently, and have a better attendance record.
2. Illness prevention
There’s a considerable amount of research to show that regular, moderate exercise enhances the immune system. This can help reduce your risk of developing certain illnesses, particularly upper respiratory tract infections and colds, which means fewer sick days off work!
3. Increased energy levels
Exercise can improve your muscle strength and boost endurance, giving you the energy you need to think clearly, stay focused and come up with new and innovative ideas.
It has also been shown that regular physical activity affects energy production at a cellular level, giving a boost to the cell’s powerhouses in the brain and helping it to work more efficiently.
Studies have shown that even short bursts of exercise can help to keep your mind brisk and alert. When you exercise, you increase blood flow to the brain, which can help sharpen your awareness and keep you focused on the task in hand.
Exercise stimulates the brain’s pituitary gland to release chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins trigger a euphoric feeling, often referred to as a “runner’s high” (non-runners don’t worry, this can occur with any form of aerobic exercise!)
The release of these endorphins occurs approximately 20-30 minutes from the start of exercise and can help to spur you on, both during exercise and in the office afterward.
6. Keeps you mentally sharp
Exercise stimulates the generation of new neurons, a process called neurogenesis, by boosting levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). BDNF promotes not only new neurons, but also protects existing neurons due to its reparative effects, and this can help promote a sense of clarity.
7. Improves memory
In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in memory and learning.
8. Stress management
Regular exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, improve sleep, and boost self-esteem. It is thought that even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.
Get moving at any opportunity you can, and reap the benefits in your productivity, energy, and efficiency at work!