For years, we’ve all heard about the physical benefits of regular exercise: better cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, lower risk of acquiring diseases, and so on. Furthermore, the mental benefits of incorporating a regular fitness program into your habit have been extensively documented.
So, why does exercise boost productivity? Here are five of them:
Increasing your heart rate on a regular basis with a daily exercise plan provides you greater energy. When you exercise, your body’s energy capacity grows. Every time you workout and push yourself a little harder than the last time, your body recovers and your energy capacity grows.
Exercise helps people fall asleep faster and sleep better. According to research, moderate aerobic activity increases the amount of slow-wave sleep, also known as deep sleep. This permits the brain and body to recover more effectively, reducing weariness.
When a person exercises, they are feeding not only their muscles but also their brain. Exercise raises blood, glucose, and oxygen levels, all of which are required to best nourish your brain and allow for better concentration and focus on activities. Exercise has also been demonstrated to enhance the size of the brain area involved in memory and learning.
When you are stressed, your body lets you know. Stress has an effect on the body, whether it’s stiff muscles, unpleasant headaches, or a sore neck. According to research, when your body is in pain, you can lose up to 5.5 hours of productivity every week (in a 40-hour workweek). Physical activity causes muscles to relax and tension to be released throughout the body.
Exercise causes a variety of changes in the brain, including neuronal growth, decreased inflammation, and the development of novel activity patterns. All of these things contribute to a person’s sense of calm and improve their mood. Productivity rises as one’s mood improves. According to one study, persons who were in a good mood produced better work and were approximately 10% more productive overall.
Surprisingly, you don’t need to spend hours at the gym to gain the advantages of exercise or enhance your productivity. When it comes to maximizing the physical and mental health benefits of exercise, one 30-minute session five times each week will enough. Two 15-minute sessions, or even three 10-minute ones, will suffice.
The key to making the most of your workout time is to exercise at a moderate intensity. What precisely does that entail?
When working out, you should breathe a little deeper than usual but still be able to communicate.
While doing out, your body and muscles should feel warm, but not too sweaty or overheated.
So, while it may seem counter-intuitive, if you want to increase your productivity, you should add more to your plate. However, by incorporating 30-minutes of aerobic activity five times each week, you will not only be able to get a little bit more done each day, but you will also reap a slew of physical and mental benefits.