Exercise improves your productivity


Exercise improves your productivity by 21%. Over the past decade, several scientific studies have shown evidence and corporations noticed the advantages exercise has on employee productivity. Giants like Google provide in-office gyms, Nike and Evernote have in-office yoga classes for their employees.  More and more companies are allowing employees to exercise at work.
You’ve tried all quite apps, different workflows, and you have got tweaked your schedule again and again with no significant result. What are you missing? can be exercise? But there’s no time in your daily schedule for exercise!
What we actually mean after we say we don’t have time is that we don’t consider it a priority given the time we’ve available. It’s time to think about exercise together of our priorities. you have got plenty on your mind, long to-do lists, and just 24 hours. Take an opportunity and exercise. It´s proven that just ten minutes will improve your mood, energy, time management, span, accuracy, memory, and the way fast our brains process information.
Too good to be true? Keep reading.

Immediate Results

When we exercise to become more productive, it doesn´t take weeks or months to see results. You´ll feel the effects pretty much as soon as you exercise. A good workout will change how you feel emotionally, your energy level, and how you think, that very same day.
Aerobic exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety right after done. Work out quickly at lunch and you’ll feel less anxious in the afternoon. Exercise also has same-day effects on cognition, making it easier to engage in executive functions like self-control, decision making, and handling conflict. Exercise is the best way to prepare for workdays when you need to be at your best.
How long do you have to exercise to improve your productivity? 10 minutes.

Does it matter when you work out?

Many of us exercise whenever our schedules allow, mostly at the end of the day if we aren’t too tired or on weekends. Usually, our goal is to burn calories or build muscle, so we push ourselves as hard as we can.
Training to boost productivity is quite different. To enhance our brainpower and productivity we should exercise in the morning or at lunchtime. It helps to have a flexible work schedule to do that, but it’s not essential. Maybe you can get on the treadmill for 10 minutes during lunch or before heading to work in the morning. Try short, low-impact exercises that fit effortlessly into your day. You may find you’ve cracked one of the most reliable secrets: exercise improves your productivity.

What types of exercise are best?

1. Strength Training

A Brandeis University study suggests that home-based strength training can benefit memory. University of Utah study shows that mixing aerobic exercise and resistance training exercise increases brain function. Both acute resistance and aerobic exercise increased measures of cognition over a non-exercise control group in untrained high school youth.

2. Low-Intensity Aerobic Exercise

For a workout focused on increase your productivity, low to moderate exercise is key. Low-intensity aerobic exercise is better than intense aerobic exercise. Studies show that intense exercise raises symptoms of fatigue. You want to feel more energized, not fatigued. So, don´t push it, take it easy.

3. Yoga

The University of San Francisco conducted a study that has shown the positive effects of practicing yoga because increases energy levels, creativity, ability to problem-solve, and to cope with stress load.
Another study aimed to measure the effect of yoga on organizational performance looking at five indicators: job satisfaction, job involvement, goal orientation, affective organizational commitment, and organizational citizenship behavior. The results of the study show that Yoga has a significant positive impact on four out of five of these indicators.

4. Walking

A Standford University study  shows that when walking and after, creativity increases. With some participants up to 81%.
A historical fact to reflect on: Aristotle founded the Peripatetic School in 335 BC. The term peripatetic comes from the ancient Greek word peripatētikós, which means “of walking” or “given to walking about”. While walking, Aristotle and his disciples conducted research into a wide range of subjects: botany, biology, logic, music, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, cosmology, physics, the history of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology, ethics, theology, rhetoric, political history, government and political theory, rhetoric, and the arts. Walking was definitely an exercise that helped these ancient Greeks a lot. Nietzsche, Immanuel Kant, Henry David Thoreau, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau among other famous thinkers praised the benefits of walking to help overcome mental blocks and to get deeper into a problem. Imitate the peripatetic and discover the positive effect of walking on creative thinking.

Another study in the UK showed that lunchtime walks improved enthusiasm, relaxation, and nervousness at work. Walking is an exercise easy to fit into your schedule. Both indoors and outdoors walking will increase your productivity.

6 ways exercise makes you a productivity master

1. You will be more focused.

One of the greatest enemies of productivity is getting distracted. Surfing the web, daydreaming… you know what I´m talking about.
Since exercising is a very in-the-moment experience, it demands your complete attention, allowing you to eliminate random thoughts, tune out the distractions, and free up mental space. People that exercise have a greater focus. When you are working, it becomes easier to think about the task at hand with all of your energy.
Briston University studied 200 employees at three organizations. The employees evaluated themselves on exercise and no- exercise days.
On workout days, participants scored 21% higher for concentration, 22% higher for finishing their work on time, 25% higher for working without unscheduled breaks.

2. Boost your mood.

Exercising releases endorphins which make people happier, serotonin that helps you feel better and improves your state of mind, making the stresses of work easier to handle.
British economist George MacKerron and the London School of Economics are conducting  the Mappiness project. They recruited +50,000 volunteers to download an app to their phones. Once a day, their phones “beep,” and they have to report what they are doing and how happy they feel. What has MacKerron discovered so far? Exercise makes people happy — only sex makes people happier.
When you are happier, you will view the work ahead through a better lens and you can be more productive.

3. Increase your energy.

Many people experience lethargy at some point of the day.
Researchers from the University of Georgia split sedentary young adults with persistent fatigue into three groups: low-intensity, moderate-intensity exercise, and a control group (no exercise). Both exercise groups reported growing levels of energy compared to the control group.
With greater energy, you will be able to remain productive for larger amounts of time and accomplish significantly more.

4. Boost performance.

A Leeds Metropolitan University study examined the influence of exercise among office workers with access to a company gym.
Researchers had over 200 employees at a variety of companies self-reporting their performance on a daily basis, comparing their output on days when they exercised to days when they didn’t. On days when employees visited the gym, they reported managing their time more effectively, being more productive, and having smoother interactions with their colleagues.

5. Improves memory.

This University of British Columbia study found that regular aerobic exercise boosts the size of the brain areas involved in memory and learning.
Maryland scientists found that treadmill walking changed the working of portions of the brain involved in semantic memory. After exercise, parts of the brain became less active during semantic-memory tests, which is a desirable outcome. Less activity suggests that the brain had become more efficient at semantic-memory processing as a result of the exercise, requiring fewer resources to access the memories.

6. You will be more creative.

Creativity is highly related to productivity. When you exercise, you activate different parts of your brain that spike creativity.
Lorenza Colzato, researcher from Leiden University found that exercising on a regular basis act as a  cognitive enhancer promoting creativity. Researchers noted that regular exercise is associated with improved divergent and convergent thinking, the two components of creative thinking. The former involves thinking of multiple solutions for one problem, the latter involves thinking of one solution for a problem.

Bottom Line

You´ve been trying to become more productive but you´re not there yet? Maybe what´s missing is exercise.

Just invest 10 minutes of your time and you could get many mental and physical benefits, and at the end of the day, even more free time to spend as you want.

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