For most people, the thought of waking up early to exercise or working out after a long day at work is unimaginable. But is there actually a link between exercise and work productivity? YES! Does exercise improve concentration? YES!
Exercise helps improve all aspects of your life, including work productivity and concentration. Here are a few reasons why exercise benefits workplace productivity.
Exercise Helps Alertness
Exercise boosts your alertness. When you exercise, as well as increasing blood flow to your muscles you also increase blood flow to your brain which increases your awareness. By improving your awareness, you enhance your focus and ultimately improve your work performance.
Exercise Helps Energy Levels
It may sound counterintuitive, but exercise actually gives you energy. It does this by enhancing your body’s ability to transfer glucose and oxygen throughout your brain and body, which in turn increases your energy levels.
Good news: your exercise doesn’t have to be high intensity to achieve this! Low intensity exercises such as walking are enough to boost your energy levels. By increasing your energy levels you can then move through different projects at work much quicker.
Exercise Helps Your Mental Health
When work gets hectic, don’t let exercise be the first thing to go; it might just be the thing that maintains your sanity! Regular exercise can help reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and reduce overall feelings of stress. When you exercise your brain releases serotonin (a neurotransmitter that stimulates mood and emotion) which helps you feel better and improve your state of mind, making the stresses of work easier to handle.
Exercise Helps Creativity
Been stuck on the same task for an hour? Take a walk! Walking, indoors or outdoors, can trigger creativity as it gives your brain chance to process information, spurring on ideas and making you more productive when you get back to your desk.
Exercise Helps Sleep
We all know how important a good night’s sleep is. But when busy and stressed with work, sleep is often the first thing to suffer. However, exercise triggers an increase in body temperature, meaning post-workout your body temperature drops, which has proven to help promote sleep. Exercise also contributes to more peaceful and restful sleep by interacting with your circadian rhythm and increasing the amount of time spent in deep, restorative slumber.
Exercise Helps Your Immune System
Regular exercise, such as walking, can help improve your cardiovascular health, reduce your blood pressure and help protect you against a variety of diseases. This means taking fewer sick days from work as well as reducing your risk of long-term illnesses like type 2 diabetes, which can interfere with workplace productivity.
If you’re reading this and thinking ‘I need to do more exercise, but what should I do?’, worry not! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite types of exercise to provide you with inspiration:
- Power Walking
- Weight Lifting
- Functional Training (check out our previous blog post for more information)
- Exercise Classes