Exercise is an excellent method of achieving weight loss, improving general health, and even increasing one’s productivity. Increased blood flow to the brain helps with concentration, memory, and focus, and exercise is proven to relieve stress and manage anxiety. Whether your aim is to achieve more at work or accomplish daily projects, here are four ways exercise can increase productivity.
- Elevated Mood
Physical activity releases endorphins and raises your brain’s dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine levels, resulting in a naturally elevated mood. Exercising in the morning or early afternoon has shown the best results for boosting productivity and mental focus. Regular physical activity can also help with managing ADHD symptoms along with depression and anxiety. Exercise can help you feel stronger and more comfortable in your body, leading to an increased sense of self-esteem and confidence.
- Reduced Stress
Studies suggest that moderate exercise for at least thirty minutes five days a week is best for boosting productivity and reducing stress. A workout routine that is customized for one’s specific health needs has been shown to reduce stress and cortisol levels in the body. Taking a brisk walk or a relaxing yoga class helps clear your mind and is also a healthy outlet for releasing built up tension. Lower stress levels correlate with improved productivity and alertness, making it easier to check tasks off of your long to-do list.
- Raised Energy Levels
When you’re working out consistently, your sleep patterns improve, allowing you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Quality sleep leads to increased energy levels while you’re awake. Experts suggest that low-intensity workouts are the best for raising your energy levels to help boost productivity since higher-intensity workouts can lead to fatigue early on. Some of the best exercises for improved productivity include walking, yoga, pilates, strength training, and aerobic exercises. To help you stay engaged with regular workouts, choose the form of exercise you enjoy the most.
- Improved Motivation
Regular exercise increases concentration and focus which also leads to improved motivation to complete your tasks for the day. A study by Briston University of 200 employees found that a workout routine boosted motivation, and thereby productivity, by 41%. In the same study, participants also scored 21% higher for concentration, 22% higher for meeting deadlines, and 25% higher for working consistently without breaks, all from a change in their exercise patterns. Ask your doctor for help creating a personalized fitness routine that can help you achieve your physical and mental health goals.
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