15 Feb Exercise Increases Work Performance
When we exercise our brain releases serotonin which improves our state of mind and makes us feel better. Who wouldn’t want these benefits? After we exercise we also feel accomplished and more prepared to take on the challenges work may bring. Exercise increases our work performance by enhancing alertness, energy, productivity, physical health, and improving our mental health.
Exercise Increases Alertness and Energy at Work
One way exercise increases work performance is through alertness. When we exercise we are increasing blood flow to the brain. This boosts our awareness and makes us more ready to tackle the job. A protein called BDNF, a brain-derived neurotrophic factor is released by exercise which sharpens your cognitive abilities.
When you have more energy at work you feel more awake at work. Being more awake allows us to focus intently on the task at hand. You will be able to accomplish your projects and think more efficiently and effectively. If your schedule doesn’t allow for a full workout before walking in the door at work start making small changes in your workday. During lunch take a brisk walk outside, move your body every hour, don’t stay sitting for long periods of time, and take the stairs rather than the elevator. By making these small changes you will increase your health and productivity at the office. In a study, researchers found physical activity increases well being and productivity.
Better Physical Health Enhances Work Abilities
Not only can exercise help reduce body weight and make us more healthy it can enhance work abilities. When we are in good physical shape there is an improvement in our cardiovascular health. You will have more energy and stamina to succeed in your daily duties. Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day is what the American Heart Association recommends. Once we first start exercising it can feel like a punishment, then we start to tolerate, then like it, and finally, we end up craving it. Once exercise becomes a part of your daily routine it’s hard to skip a day because you want that feeling you get after – accomplished and more prepared to take on all that the day will bring.
Exercise Improves Mental Health
Another way to improve your work productivity is to invest in your mental health. Regular exercise can decrease feelings of anxiety and depression, which frees your mind to have clear and concise thoughts when problem-solving during work hours.
You are also able to handle stress better after exercising which we know comes with the job. When you deal with stress appropriately and efficiently it can lead to improved relationships with coworkers. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, regular aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Just five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.
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