07 Sep Exercise For Productivity
The most popular reason given for not exercising is lack of time. It’s understandable, but it’s also often an easy way out, an excuse.
Few people will challenge you, because they likely have the same issue, but no worries.
If you aren’t used to physical activity, starting to work out regularly can be a struggle. It’s much easier to spend your time away from work and family watching TV, browsing the internet, or curling up with a book. But finding time to exercise is almost always possible.Even better, it can actually increase your energy levels.
Some people scoff at the idea of adding yet another task to their to-do list. But like organizing and planning ahead, exercise is an additional “task” that can help you gain that mysterious “productivity” everyone’s after.
Exercise is good for productivity
Exercise doesn’t just effect how your body looks and feels; it also affects the mind. Exercise has been proven to elevate mood, increase focus, and raise overall energy levels when done consistently, at a moderately challenging level. Studies also suggest regular exercise can help prevent mental deterioration as you age, preserving memory and general sharpness.
It may take weeks, but the unhappiness you associate with your runs, weightlifting, yoga, etc. will fade. As long as you are in basically good health, your body truly wants to exercise, even it feels reluctant. Not only were you made to engage your muscles, but doing so engages your mind and delivers productivity-lifting chemicals to your brain.
Improve Your Energy Levels and Outlook
It’s true that some people are naturally more energetic than others. Some people get to sleep more, some people don’t have to deal with an old injury, etc. There are many reasons everything isn’t perfectly fair, but when it comes to being energetic, you may have more control than you think.
Many people who haven’t attempted consistent exercise believe that they just don’t have the energy to do it or even that they don’t have the ‘right’ body type to exercise. In reality, exercising can reveal things about you, your body, and your mind that you thought were impossible. Consistent exercise can boost your everyday energy levels so that you really do become a more energetic person than you were before.
Exercise actually allows you to sustain higher levels of energy. If you don’t exercise now, this can be hard to understand. The task seems daunting and may leave you tired immediately afterwards. But anyone who has incorporated exercise into their routine for at least several weeks knows that it actually increases your energy levels.
Becoming more active will allow you to produce more energy-producing chemicals.
Consistent exercise can boost the production of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that allow signals to move among your nerve cells.
Serotonin affects your mood and can help with sleep, appetite, memory, and provide other benefits as well. Dopamine affects your pleasure sensors and your movement and emotions, too. The consistent production of these chemicals can result in positive, long-lasting changes to your outlook and your feelings of motivation.
All these benefits can help you get more done, and be better, at work. It might be that in the end what matters most is simply that you have a workout to look forward to (yes, really) or that you can look back on it with satisfaction. For many other people, the increased energy, sharper focus, and accomplishments can inspire you and push you forward.
Exercise has numerous benefits and, if combined with some balanced eating, it can dramatically change how you feel as you go about your day. If you already work out consistently, consider stepping it up or trying something new. Sometimes we need to be productive in another area for a while; with scientifically proven benefits, exercise is a great choice.
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