In an increasingly demanding economy, we can all struggle to balance our work and home life. Rushing around with 101 things to do, we sometimes push the important things in life, such as health and exercise, to the back of our mind.
It’s important, more now than ever, to keep fit and find time to regularly exercise. Other than the obvious well known benefits of looking and feeling good, exercise is also a great way of releasing stress and warding off feelings of anxiety attributed to our work.
Regular exercise has been proven to:
- Reduce stress
- Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
- Boost self-esteem
- Improve sleep
- It strengthens your heart
- It increases energy levels
- It lowers blood pressure
Indirectly, exercise improves mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. Problems in these areas frequently cause or contribute to cognitive impairment. Not only that, but regular exercise can make you more alert and efficient making you more productive at work. In turn, this could have a positive impact on your career and progression.
With benefits such as these, now is the time to be exercising in the workplace to ensure we keep ourselves in peak mental performance.
There are literally hundreds of different forms of exercise, each with their own benefits and results. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. Endorphins can trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
So if your work is leaving you stressed and unproductive you might consider getting some fresh air perhaps going for a short run or walk at lunch. You might just find the time away from your desk boosts your performance for the rest of the day.