It is a common fact that exercising is good for your health. Studies show that it boosts mood, helps with weight loss, and reduces the risk of heart disease. Less well-known is the way exercise can make you more productive at work. Here are five ways that exercising improves your performance at the workplace.
1. Reduces Stress
Exercise is a physical, emotional, and mental activity. It brings on relaxation and also generates positive feelings of self-confidence, joy, freedom from pain, and increased stamina. Regular exercises increase the production of endorphins, the natural feel-good chemicals in the body. These chemicals increase energy levels, lower blood pressure, and relieve pain. You could say that exercise heals the body, mind, and spirit.
2. Increases Attention Span
Studies have shown that people who exercise have a better attention span. They are more focused and able to process information faster than those who do not exercise. This is because exercise increases blood circulation and oxygen levels in the brain, enabling the brain to perform efficiently for extended periods.
3. Helps You Sleep Better
You probably know that exercising helps you sleep better at night. It is common knowledge that exercise makes people feel relaxed and drowsy after doing it – and it is no wonder. Exercising increases the blood flow to the muscles and stimulates the production of human growth hormone (HGH). Both these actions help to increase the quantity and quality of sleep. Regular exercise also improves your breathing and increases oxygen levels in your blood, reducing signs of insomnia or poor sleep quality.
4. Improves Mood
Exercise is an effective way to lift your mood and improve confidence. Researchers at the University of Leuven, Belgium, found that thirty minutes of exercise per day has a chemical in your body similar to the hormone serotonin. This chemical and the resulting feeling of confidence can boost enthusiasm and help you push through a difficult period at work. Exercising makes you feel good about yourself. Your self-esteem increases, and you can face challenges at work more confidently. Exercise also increases the production of brain chemicals that enhance memory function, stimulate social interaction, and create a feeling of elation.
5. Reduces Your Sick Days
Studies in Sweden show that employees who work out more than four times a week miss the least number of days at work out of all employees. This is because people who exercise are less likely to become sick. Regular exercise improves the body’s resistance to disease and increases energy levels.
It is up to you to decide how you want to make exercise part of your daily routine. Find an exercise routine that works for you, such as yoga or a high-intensity workout. Do not be afraid to mix things up either. This will keep your body and mind alert and will prevent boredom from setting in. Whatever activity you choose, exercise regularly and watch as your life begins to change for the better.