BETTER WORK LIFE WITH FITNESS?
Okay, I love, love, love the sweaty thing….every.single.day. Even when I travel….there is a problem, right? LOL But, there is research backing up the idea that your fitness and working out in general (regardless what type of exercise you choose) increases your productivity!
There is so much more to this “fitness” thing than losing weight or staying in shape. Turns out, exercise and your workplace productivity go hand in hand. Being productive and alert at work can help you get your job done faster and may even get you a promotion. Choosing not to work out could affect your overall health AND your job.
BE ALERT AND HAVE MORE ENERGY
The most obvious way to boost productivity is to stay alert. When you exercise, you increase blood flow to the brain, which will sharpen your awareness and make you ready to tackle that big project! A protein called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) gives your cognitive ability a little charge; and BDNF is triggered by movement.
More energy means you will feel awake at work and ready to seize the day. You perform your work correctly and to the very best of your ability. Even on those days when you don’t have time for a full-blown cardio workout, make small changes to meet your goals….walk during lunch or take the stairs rather than the elevator. Just 30 minutes is all you need…you don’t have to lift weights or run a marathon….just move in some small way!
EXERCISE IMPROVES MENTAL HEALTH
This may seem pretty obvious, but if you are having mental health issues….productivity is pretty much a struggle. Consistent exercise can help curb feelings of anxiety and depression. When you move, your brain releases serotonin that helps you feel better and improves your state of mind, making the stresses of work easier to handle. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that sends messages to the body to stimulate mood and emotion, according to Harvard Health.
Movement may also help you better deal with stress – which is the most common concern in the workplace. When you have a better grip on your stress, it can lead to improved relationships with your co-workers and a more secure future with your boss.
The take-home here is that movement can be power walking, lifting weights, swimming, jogging or squats. All of these types of movement help reduce your risk of developing certain types of illness and disease. Which means….fewer sick days at the office.
WHAT FITNESS TRICKS DO YOU HAVE TO REDUCE STRESS AT THE OFFICE? WHICH ONE HAS WORKED BEST?
Stay healthy and keep moving,