There are many benefits to exercise but did you know that fitness will increase your productivity and focus at work? Here are the top 3 ways a regular fitness routine will help you with performance, stress and sleep.
EXERCISE BOOSTS PERFORMANCE
Exercise has also been shown to elevate mood, which has serious implications for workplace performance.
The Harvard Business Review states "there is also evidence suggesting that exercise during regular work hours may boost performance. Take, for example, the results of a Leeds Metropolitan University study, which examined the influence of daytime exercise among office workers with access to a company gym. On days when employees exercised, their experience at work changed. They reported managing their time more effectively, being more productive, and having smoother interactions with their colleagues. Just as important: They went home feeling more satisfied at the end of the day."
MOVEMENT MELTS AWAY STRESS
Rough day at the office? Take a jog outside or get in a quick workout. One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief. Working up a sweat can help manage physical and mental stress. Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress. So go ahead and get sweaty because working out can reduce stress and boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension. Score!
For an extra boost, take that workout outside. Find an outdoor workout that fits your style, whether it’s boot camp, rock-climbing, hiking, renting a canoe or just taking a jog in the park. Breathing in fresh air naturally relaxes you and decreases stress levels.
SWEAT MORE, SLEEP BETTER
Exercise can give a boost to sleep in several ways! Exercise can contribute to more sound and restful sleep. Physical activity increases time spent in deep sleep, the most physically restorative sleep phase. Deep sleep helps to boost immune function, support cardiac health, and control stress and anxiety.
In addition to improving the quality of sleep, exercise also can help you increase the duration of your nightly rest. Being physically active requires you to expend energy, and helps you feel more tired and ready to rest at the end of the day. It can also help with insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Studies suggest that aerobic exercise may be particularly effective in helping reduce insomnia symptoms. Research also indicates that for people with insomnia, the benefits of exercise kick in over time, rather than immediately. Studies have also found that exercise can help lower the severity of sleep disordered breathing and may help to reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apnea." - The Sleep Doctor, Michael J. Breus