It turns out that exercise doesn’t only benefit your body – it can also do wonders to help you get ahead at the office.
We already know that physical activity is good for our bodies. We understand that if we want to lower blood pressure, improve circulation, build strong muscles and bones, and have a healthy heart – we need to make hitting the gym part of our routine. What you might not know, however, is that exercise isn’t just good for your body. It can also improve your brain function – and help you out at work. Here’s why working out could help you be more successful in the boardroom.
IT IMPROVES CONCENTRATION AND MEMORY
According to the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health,
Physical activity is associated with enhanced cognitive processing, helping you to stay more focused on tasks. Exercise also stimulates sections of the brain that aid memory function, to release a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which rewires memory circuits so they work better.
IT ENHANCES CREATIVITY
Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki argues that there is evidence supporting the idea that exercise could make us more creative. It’s certainly helpful for coming up with new ideas, and helps you clear your mind, which allows for time to problem-solve.
IT COMBATS STRESS
Suzuki also says that “Exercise is a powerful way to combat feelings of stress because it causes immediate increases in levels of key neurotransmitters, including serotonin, noradrenalin, dopamine and endorphins, that are often depleted by anxiety and depression.” These chemicals help to decrease your stress levels, allowing you to be more calm in busy times at work.
IT CAN INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
It’s interesting to note that exercise doesn’t only help before and after work – but during work hours too. A recent Leeds Metropolitan University study examined the influence of daytime exercise on workers with access to a company gym. They found that, on days when employees went to the gym, “they reported managing their time more effectively, being more productive, and having smoother interactions with their colleagues,” reports the Harvard Business Review.
IT CAN BOOST YOUR ABILITY TO WORK IN A TEAM
The same study also found that exercise can help individuals work better in a team. On days when they exercised, employees felt more tolerant and positive towards colleagues – and workplace relationships improved. Anyone for a lunch-break run?
Whether you’re doing it for the health benefits or to be better at your job, incorporating physical activity into your day is non-negotiable. Just remember to take time out for rest and recovery for your muscles. Overdoing it isn’t healthy either!
Source: Amani Spas