Regular Exercise Boosts Productivity

by | December 18, 2014

It’s common knowledge that exercise is good for your body. There are a lot of long-term benefits to incorporating regular exercise into your usual routine. It can help manage or prevent health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Coupled with a healthy diet, it can also combat weight issues. But did you know that exercise is also good for your brain?

Regular exercise can naturally ease depression and anxiety, fight against fatigue, and even combat sleep issues. It can also boost productivity. This is true of any physical activity, so you don’t have to incorporate a strenuous workout into your day, even something as simple as a walk can be enough to get yourself ready to tackle the tasks on your to-do list.

Many people complain that they just don’t have time to incorporate exercise into their schedules, but it’s easier than it seems. Just taking a quick thirty minutes out of your schedule can be enough to give you a quick boost of energy and productivity.

  • Take a walk. Take some time before you head to work to take a quick walk around the block or use part of your lunch hour to take a walk around the office. Do you live close to your workplace? Leave the car keys at home and go for a walk instead. (Not only is it good for you, but it’s better for the environment.)

  • Ride a bike. Dust that bicycle off and go for a ride around the neighborhood before you head out for work. If you live close enough to where you work, consider riding your bike to work at least a couple of times a week.

  • Take the stairs. Choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you’re presented with the opportunity can be good for you. If you’ve got some time on your breaks and your workplace has stairs, devote at least a few minutes to climbing stairs. It’s a quick and simple workout that anyone can do.

  • Try yoga. The great thing about yoga is that it can work for anyone, no matter what athletic skill level a person might have, and it’s easy to do before work. Set aside thirty minutes to an hour and you’ve gotten a simple workout in.

  • Go for a swim. If you have access to a pool and it isn’t too cold where you live, a quick swim before (or after) work can not only be good for you, but fun as well.

  • Play with the kids. If you work from home and have children, this can be a great way to not only spend time with them, but a great way to get yourself moving as well. Throw an impromptu dance party in the living room or take them outside for a game of tag. If you are away for work during the day, then take some time out of your morning or evening instead to do this.

Exercising doesn’t have to be difficult, even just a little bit can help. If you find yourself being tired throughout the day or easily distracted during working hours, try penciling in at least a few minutes of exercise each day. You’ll feel a difference after only a day or two in your energy levels, your mood, and your work productivity.