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Exercise Can Boost Your Productivity

466385799Yes, we all know we have to work long and hard to get—and keep our businesses up and running. But are your work habits ultimately putting your health at risk—because you don’t have time to exercise, or just talk a walk? I was surprised to learn that entrepreneurs are actually more likely to exercise than other “on-their-feet” professionals like teachers or nurses. I know it’s hard to find the time for a workout, a game or just some basic exercise, so here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Schedule time for exercise. A study from the University of Minnesotashowed exercising during the workday can boost productivity. The study analyzed the effects of walking on a treadmill while actually working and found that overall employee productivity and health improved when employees worked at a desk refitted to have a computer, phone and writing space above a treadmill. OK, maybe you don’t need to work while on the treadmill but having one in the office so you can jump on from time to time might be just the boost you need during the day. Studies show midday exercise is best for boosting productivity.
  2. Use apps. Download the MapMyRide and/or MapMyRun app on your computer and mobile device to find suggested exercise routes near your office or while in any city. If you can’t break away from your desk, download the Instant Fitness app which has over 600 exercises and 100 workouts you can do anywhere.
  3. Cardio counts. Even 10 minutes of cardio can pump the blood needed to your brain for an extra productivity boost. Take a break and walk the stairs in your building or jog in place. Other cardio exercises you can do in the office include jumping jacks, squat jumps and stepping up and down on a small stool. If you have the space, think about installing a punching bag in the office. You’ll get exercise—and get rid of your frustrations—all at the same time.
  4. Weighty matters. According to this study people who performed moderate to high-intensity strength training experienced a significant increase in how fast they processed information. The best combination is aerobic and resistance exercise to give your brain the biggest benefits.
  5. Enjoy the season. It’s summer. Get outside. Run. Walk. Play golf. Swim. Organize a company softball team. Studies show participants who exercised outside scored higher on vitality, enthusiasm and were less likely to suffer from tension and depression

 

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