Many people nowadays claim that there simply is no time to exercise due to the tight schedule, work plans, and whatnot. However, that exact majority can’t seem to realize that working out actually boosts their productivity behind the office desk. Yes, work can be all-consuming and you’d rather relax in front of the TV after a long day, but let’s see why you should really consider squeezing in a workout whenever it is possible. It would be best if you could develop a routine and stick to it. Let’s dig in deeper.
The aspect of happiness
According to science, exercise has beneficial effects on our minds. When we exercise, our body releases several neurotransmitters that aid the process of stress reduction and improve the overall mental well-being. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, or as many refer to it, the ‘happy hormone’. The release of this hormone causes that happy, refreshing feeling. Therefore, when you exercise, you’ll feel more comfortable with yourself and you’ll have an overall great feeling. Serotonin improves your state of mind and helps make complex tasks at work easier to deal with. And when you know how to channel the stress out of your system when you’re running on the treadmill, your work productivity and relationships with colleagues are bound to improve.
The essential energy and how exercise affects it
In order to be more efficient, you have to be brimming with energy. You can’t afford to feel tired two hours into your work day. Even though many believe that exercise actually rids us of our energy and makes us feel tired and lethargic, that is not the case! The cells in our body actually create energy for us to use during physical exertion. To be more precise, Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) production is increased to meet the demands of physical activity. And due to the increased production of ATP, our brain is provided with more energy, which ultimately improves our mental capacity. Also, when you put on your running shoes, favorite compression clothing garments and sweatbands to go for a run, you also increase the blood flow to the brain. That makes your mind sharper and you become more alert. And what does that give you? Better work productivity! Even low-intensity workouts can provide you with these benefits. Just so you know, you don’t have to leave all you’ve got on the bench press. You’ll enjoy the same effects whatsoever.
Exercising means more creativity
When we exercise, our minds wander away to something that we’ve been dealing with at home and at work and basically everywhere. It doesn’t matter whether you’re having issues with a certain project at work or you have to settle differences with someone close to you. During the exercise, chances are that you’ll think of a creative solution to these problem(s). It is common knowledge that creativity comes at the strangest of times. Remember, how many times have you thought of something genius under the shower or during a high-intensity workout? Take advantage of this creativity ‘glitch’, as soon as it hits you, write it down and make good use of that as soon as you get back and sit down at your office desk.
No sleep, no productivity
According to scientists at Northwestern University, exercise most likely is the best prescription for chronic insomnia. The study was conducted where there were 23 sedentary adults. Most of them were females over the age of 55. Researchers asked participants to exercise four times a week and would you know it, the results showed something great. According to the research findings, exercising participants recorded an increase in self-reported sleep duration by 1.25 hours in the exercise. Additionally, the sleep hygiene education group is higher than what they’ve reported for other non-pharmacological interventions for insomnia. The exercising participants rose their self-reported sleep diagnosis from ‘poor’ to ‘good’. And as we all know, sleep deprivation makes our brains work as if we were under the influence of alcohol, therefore more sleep equals better work productivity.
Exercising keeps your brain young
When you work out, you’re actually helping your brain age more slowly. According to a study from the Journal of Applied Physiology, mandatory treadmill running increases adult hippocampal neurogenesis in mice, which ultimately increases production of neural stem cells. When we translate that into English – more exercise means the better production of vital brain cells that make you sharper. With the increase of neural stem cells, we actually fight neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. On top of that, researchers from the University of California, Irvine found out that these neural stem cells can reverse learning and memory deficits that come as a result of chemotherapy. Mental hygiene is as important as any other kind of hygiene. Bear that in mind!
‘Anima Sana in corporate sano’ is Latin for ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’. Therefore, in order to properly take care of your mind, you also have to take care of your body. And exercising will do just that. It is never too late to start working out. Now you’ve seen the numerous benefits and there is no way that you won’t benefit even from the lightest of exercises such as evening walks. Do you want to be productive at work? Be productive always, exercise!