Imagine waking up on a Monday morning feeling like the weekend should have lasted a bit longer. But an early morning workout, be it a full-on gym session or a light jog might just give you the rush of endorphins required to get your game face on and slay the week
Some fun facts:
- Exercising on a workday can help boost your time management skills and daily task completion by a remarkable 72%.
- Studies show that creativity could skyrocket for up to 100% of all people who simply take a break and go for a walk.
- Physical activity is associated with not just positive correlations to both mood and attitude but also to cognitive processes such as memory and concentration.
- Inactive people who normally complained of fatigue could increase energy by 20% and decrease fatigue by as much as 65% by simply participating in regular, low-intensity exercise.
- Exercise Improves Cognitive Function
Exercise increases your thinking skills and memory both directly and indirectly.
It has been scientifically proven that exercise directly affects the brain, specifically, people who exercise tend to have larger volumes of the specific regions of the brain which control thinking and memory. Regular exercise of moderate intensity for over 6 months is associated with an increase in the volume of these selected brain sections.
Of course, we would not have to wait for 6 months to reap such benefits, as exercising indirectly improves mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety.
- Exercise Increases Energy Levels
The amount of energy you have is a direct result of your diet and the number of mitochondria your body produces. Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of cells, as they produce fuel from the glucose you eat and oxygen from the air you breathe. Of course, having more of this will increase your body’s energy supply.
Exercising also boosts your body’s oxygen circulation which not only boosts the mitochondria’s energy production but also helps the body function better by using this energy efficiently.
A third perk is the increase in hormone levels induced by exercising which gives you the perception of feeling more energized.
- Exercise as a Stress Buster
Physical activity may help bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, and improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress levels.
A long walk or run, a session at the gym, or a few laps in the pool, and you may realise that the day’s problems have been forgotten. As you tend to practise a form of daily physical activity, you tend to practise focusing on a single task which almost always results in energy and optimism, tends to season the brain to remain calm and focused on all tasks handled
Aside from the numerous benefits to long-term health and wellbeing, exercise is a secret weapon for boosting productivity. It enhances cognitive function, increases energy levels, and serves as a stress buster. So, whether you’re looking to sharpen your mind, stay energized, or reduce stress, regular exercise is the key to a more productive and balanced life. Incorporate it into your routine and watch your productivity soa