Top Tips on How to Exercise in Order to Increase Your Work Productivity
Working day in day out, nine ‘til five, five days a week for the vast majority of the year can be exhausting – particularly if you work in a high-pressure or creative environment where you’re required to think innovatively on your feet at all times. Sometimes it feels like you’re so tired out from work that you don’t have time for anything else, whether that be socialising, exercising or taking up a new hobby. But did you know that exercising can actually help you to increase your work productivity? Yep, that’s right. Here are some top tips on how you can exercise well in order to increase your productivity at work.
Is it a Direct Science?
Before we get started on how to go about it, you’ll probably be wondering what the direct correlation between exercise and work productivityactually is. Well you’ll be glad to hear that there are studies that actually have proven that exercising regularly made people not only more productive at work, but they actually achieved more too. In one particular study it was found out that on days when an employee would have worked out, their concentration was twenty one percent higher, they were twenty two percent more likely to finish all of their work on time, they were twenty five percent more likely to work through without taking unscheduled breaks, and they felt more motivated to work by a whopping forty one percent. With statistics like that, who could argue that being fitter doesn’t make you better at your job? Now, where to get started?
Start with the Mindset that Less is More
Knowing the benefits of exercise, chances are you’ll fancy yourself as lacing up your running trainers, and going out to run a 10k straight away. Unfortunately however, when it comes to exercising, this isn’t the case.
If you’re starting from a high point of fitness, then yes, fair enough push yourself to the maximum level you can go to. However if you’re starting from a low point of fitness, the best way of getting into it is by starting off small and building up over time as your fitness progresses – remember that any change, no matter how small, is good change. The last thing you want to do is do too much in the early days and either injure yourself or put yourself off exercise altogether! Sometimes, slow and steady really does win the race.
Try and find a form of exercise that you actually enjoy doing. Although you’ll want to enjoy it, also remember that it’s inevitable that you’ll probably sweat a lot, get a stitch and have to catch your breath – but it’s worth it for that feel good feeling afterwards when the endorphins are rushing around your system! Try out a few different classes, and see what’s right for you. Whether you like the tranquil strengthening of yoga, the intensity of a bootcamp work out or you find your enjoyment in lifting weights, the more you enjoy it, the more likely you are to make it a regular occurrence.
Don’t Put Barriers Up
Remember that you are capable of anything you put your mind to – so don’t put barriers up! Do you think your yoga teacher started off as flexible as they are now, or that the weight lifter in the gym was born being able to lift the heaviest weights available? The answer is, no. A lot of the time it’s a mindset, and if you continuously tell yourself “I can’t”, then it’ll stay that way.
Of course it takes hard work, and as previously mentioned you’ll want to ease your way into things, but if you never try then you’ll never know what you’re capable of. Even if your running career starts with you doing a couple of laps around the garden, it’s enough! Don’t limit yourself by telling yourself you can’t do it, or it’s not for you – get out there and give it a go!
Schedule it in
Last, but certainly not least, try and schedule your exercise in. Working zaps so much of our time and energy, that if we don’t literally pencil in times that we’re going to do exercise, chances are we will never get around to doing it. If you make a fitness schedule and stick to it, you’ll see the benefits a lot quicker and be less likely to procrastinate. All the while, don’t forget the health and productivity benefits that exercise induces – it’s all for the greater good!