Want to Be More Productive? Get Moving!

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If you’re someone who exercises on the regular, you know that moving your body has more benefits than just staying in shape. Not only does exercise help keep you healthy, it can also help make you more productive in the workplace. Research shows that having a regular exercise routine can increase energy, happiness, and can make you smarter. Check out these 4 ways exercise can help you be more productive today.

  1. Exercise makes you feel better. Ever heard of runners high? It’s a feeling of complete joy that is produced by endorphins. Endorphins are natural mood enhancers. These mood enhancers increase with physical activity and in turn make you feel happier, more energized, less stressed, and ready to take on any task that is thrown in your direction.
  2. It will help you sleep better. Ever slept like a baby after finishing a grueling workout? Regular exercise will not only help you get a better night’s sleep, it also helps to reduce the effects of insomnia that are triggered by stress and anxiety. Better sleep = more alert and better productivity.
  3. Regular exercise gives you energy. Exercise increases blood flow in the brain and makes you more alert. So, if you have a big project to work on or an important meeting in the morning, it’s best to start your day with a rigorous workout to get the blood flowing.
  4. It will make you healthier. Regular exercise reduces the risk of getting sick and developing more serious illnesses and diseases. This helps to contribute to less sick days aka more productive days in the workplace.

It’s clear that regular physical activity can make a positive impact on productivity. Not an avid exerciser? That’s ok! The most important part of moving your body is making it enjoyable. Get started by going on walks, bike rides, or playing a game of soccer with your children three or more times a week. Exercising for even 20 minutes a few days a week can do wonders for your mood, health, and productivity.