By Steve Manning
Well, exercise could be the answer! We all know the physical benefits of regular exercise. It’s good for our heart, lungs, muscles…pretty much our whole body. But did you know that exercise can also help maximise our productivity at work?
Generally speaking, we tend to feel great after a good dose of exercise. Our respiratory system is activated, our blood is pumping and our mind is alert. Almost every part of the body benefits from the activity and there’s a good chance that your mental state will improve. Therefore, it makes sense that after we’ve exercised, we’re in a better frame of mind to launch into some productive work.
A recent study by the University of Bristol in the UK, highlighted the link between exercise and improved employee performance and productivity. The study concluded that workers who engaged in regular exercise, were found to:
- Have increased levels of mental sharpness, including concentration
- Manage their workload more efficiently
- Deal with stress more effectively
- Enjoy higher levels of motivation
- Make better business decisions
- Have overall better health, which means fewer sick days
Pretty compelling evidence, huh!
Of course, exercise doesn’t necessarily have to occur before or during work hours. Engaging in exercise after a hard day also provides wonderful benefits. It can serve to release any tension that’s built up throughout the day, plus it can even help you sleep better that night.
If you lead a busy life, it can be hard to find time to exercise regularly. But it’s important to make time. Even if it’s 2 or 3 times a week, exercise can be scheduled in to your week just like a client meeting. Maybe first thing in the morning works for you. Perhaps lunch time is best. Or maybe the evening is your ideal window. Whatever works for you, make sure you schedule it in and stick to it.
There are so many simple activities to keep your mind and body in shape, such as walking, jogging, swimming, yoga, cycling, gym workout, or even stretching…it’s all great stuff!
So next time you’re feeling a little sluggish and having trouble concentrating on your work, why not pull on your sneakers and go for a 30 minute walk? Chances are, you’ll come back to your work feeling energised and refreshed.