How Exercise Improves Your Performance at Work
It’s no secret that exercise is good for you. We all know that it helps us lose weight and stay in shape, but sometimes that’s not quite enough motivation to work out regularly. If weight loss doesn’t do the trick, maybe this will: Exercise has a ton of other benefits that not only add up to a happier you, but a more productive, professionally successful you.
Let’s explore the many perks of exercising and how they can enhance your performance at work.
Exercise releases endorphins into your bloodstream and causes your body to develop more mitochondria—both of which leave you more energized. Having more energy gives you the endurance to work efficiently throughout the day, even through endless meetings or not-so-glamorous assignments. Though working out in the morning might seem daunting, it can really kick start your day and leave you full of productive energy.
While it might stress you out even more, to think about squeezing a workout into your already packed day, it might be exactly what you need. With any kind of physical activity, your body produces more endorphins, AKA feel-good neurotransmitters, which help melt away feelings of stress. Plus, it’s a great distraction from your daily stressors (work-related or not). When you’re more relaxed, you’re better able to focus on the task at hand and, perhaps, not get stressed out so easily.
Improved Mental Clarity
Exercise increases blood flow and serotonin levels in your brain, which sharpens your mind and makes you more alert. This can help you with any task and is especially useful for projects where you need to be detail-oriented and make sound decisions. So if you’re feeling a bit foggy, see if you can step away for a quick walk or even hit the building’s gym.
Yes, working out can help make you happier. Your mood can be elevated thanks to the power of endorphins, serotonin, and norepinephrine. Exercise has even been shown to help mild cases of anxiety and depression. And when you’re in a better mood, you’re more likely to enjoy your job and put your heart into your work.
Having a sharp memory can be a real asset professionally. If you can remember details about a previous project or an important piece of information from a meeting, you’ll be ahead of the game. Working out pumps more oxygen to your brain, promotes the growth of new brain cells, and helps improve brain plasticity. So if brain puzzles aren’t quite your thing, try improving your memory with exercise—even light activity can help.
When you’re more relaxed, energetic, mentally sharp, and happy, your productivity and overall performance are sure to improve. That’s why we’re launching Optimum Human, a comprehensive, holistic wellness offering right here in our building. Contact us today to learn how we can develop a program tailored to your unique goals.