February 11, 2019 By Casmin Wisner
May 21, 2018
How Exercise Supercharges Productivity
If you are anything like us, you are super excited that the weather is finally nice, the sun is shining and everyone has stopped hibernating for the winter. Maybe you’ve even taken advantage of the change of season to get outside for a run or walk? We’ve all heard the doctor’s recommendation of getting 10,000 steps or 30 minutes of exercise in each day, but did you know that exercise can actually make you more productive, increase focus, and help us see issues and challenges at work in a new light. In fact, a national survey of more than 1,000 office employees found that 30 percent turn to something physical to alleviate workplace stress.
Individuals who start their day by spending some time working out tend to call in sick less frequently and have better focus at work, says Joanne Donoghue, Ph.D., exercise physiologist and assistant professor at New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Essentially it’s the same as when someone gets up and has a cup of coffee,” she says. “You are kick starting your day and those healthy endorphins can last for a few hours.”
Studies actually show that executive functioning declines and blood pressure drops for every hour we sit without moving, Donoghue says. That is why it’s important to get up every 10 minutes and take a brisk walk around the office, she says.
Exercise helps with problem solving
Exercise improves productivity for a number of reasons, says Kate Dow, a clinical psychologist and mind-body therapist practicing in Santa Fe, Mexico. Exercise increases our clarity and energy used for focusing on tasks, it increases our hormones and neurotransmitter serotonin to improve our moods, and it improves our memory, she says.
Repetitive physical activity, such as weight lifting and running, can even spark creativity. “That moment you cross over into your next mile or meet a new personal record could lead you to come up with a solution to a workplace challenge,” says Sophia Borghese, a consultant for All Inclusive Health, a personal training studio in New Orleans.
The bottom line is the benefits to exercising are limitless. Sure we all know that a little exercise can go a long way keeping you healthy for years to come, but the short term benefits of jump starting your productivity and keeping you focused so you can show work who’s boss can be equally as amazing.
So get out there and sweat to reap the benefits of added productivity all day long. Just make sure you build in some time for a shower before you have to get on a video call…
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