It is no secret that exercise is good for you in more ways than one, but what can we actually achieve from being active and what impact can it have on our productivity levels?
In research carried out by Opus Energy, they asked SME business owners and decision makers how they maintained focus and energy throughout the day. The results showed that 24.7% of respondents said they were reliant on caffeine to pick them up, compared to a considerably low 1% of people who said they went to the gym on their lunch hour. Separate research from CABA found that those that are active during the working day experience a 70% improvement in their ability to make complex decisions compared to inactive colleagues.
This research shows us the positive impact that exercise can have on the working day, making employees more productive, counteracting office fatigue and laziness. Unfortunately, it is finding the time to fit exercise into a busy routine which appears to be the problem for many.
If you don’t have the time to go for a full on workout at the gym on your lunch break, or if you believe doing this would actually add more stress to your day, then consider just getting up and moving around every 90 minutes, or whenever you feel your energy levels are taking a dip. As well as this, it is important to stay hydrated and top up energy levels by eating the right meals and snacks.
A simple bit of regular movement throughout the working day is an ideal way to keep the body healthy and prevent any aches and pains from sitting too long. It’s also a great way to clear the head and boost focus.
London Business School have executive education programmes, that enable senior executives and general managers around the world to try out different types of workouts, such as pilates or yoga, at various times of day to see what they benefit most from. The participants had noticeably improved energy levels, with a greater ability to concentrate, reduced stress levels and a renewed capacity to lead their team.
Exercise has proven to increase productivity levels, but what else can it do for you? Other benefits include the following:
- Exercise releases mood enhancing endorphins that give us that ‘feel good’ factor
- It is a great way to de-stress
- Prevents sleep deprivation
For more ideas on how to increase your productivity at work in other ways, see How to help our brains have more good days at work and How to change your morning routine for a more productive day