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Fitness and health have taken the world by storm over the last decade, and the population is now more aware of the importance of staying active. Lifting weights, jogging, swimming, practicing yoga or even going on daily walks — everyone has their own preference when it comes to being active.

We’ve all heard about the health benefits of exercise. However, one benefit that gets overlooked is that physical training also improves your productivity.

Today, we’ll show you how exercising can impact not only your physical and mental health but also your professional life and productivity levels.

Improved Concentration and Brain Function

You’ve probably experienced what it’s like to be sitting down and working on something, only to find yourself drifting in thought, being easily distracted by something as minor as a fly on the wall.

Exercising has been shown to not only help strengthen your body but also sharpen and reinforce your brain.  One such study was conducted in 2011 by Kirk I. Erickson, examined the effects of aerobic exercise on the brain.

Evidence suggests that exercise significantly increased the size of the left region of the hippocampus in humans, which is responsible for learning and memory, with further evidence suggesting that it may help prevent age-related decline by reducing and even reversing the deterioration of the brain as well.

Lower Stress Levels

Life is stressful as it is, and ironically, work-related stress can prevent us from working and functioning effectively.

It inhibits concentration and creativity and crushes motivation.

But the cure is simple: engage in low-intensity exercises like walking or light jogging to boost your dopamine, serotonin, and endorphin levels, thus helping you feel less stressed.

Not only does getting your blood flowing help reduce stress levels, but it also fights off inflammation through blood circulation, eliminates the risk of heart disease and reduces those chronic body pains you’ve been struggling with.

It’s important to note that monitoring the frequency of your physical activity is essential for your well-being. Too often, people get carried away and think more is better, which can be counterproductive and put even more stress on their bodies and minds. Keep things short and sweet — 40 minutes to an hour is all you need to feel refreshed!

Productivity Growth Through Discipline

Discipline is the passport to productivity. People who follow a regular workout routine display a higher form of discipline than those who don’t. A disciplined individual is more focused, determined, and precise in their work.

If you’re serious and consistent about your workout routine, you will transfer that discipline to other aspects of your life. The brain is skilled at recognizing patterns and forming habits, adapting past experiences to current and present ones, as well as expanding what it has retained to other aspects of life.

Through regular exercise, you achieve discipline. Consequently, with discipline, you automatically become more productive and focused at work.

Improved Sleep and Energy Levels

There is nothing like a good night’s sleep to make you feel renewed and refreshed.

Sleep is extremely important for both your body and mind. If you have ever experienced a sleepless night, you probably still remember how exhausted you felt the next day. The brain fog and lack of concentration alone are enough to impact your productivity.

One study conducted in 2017 by Brett A. Dolezal, found evidence that physical exercise is an effective intervention for those who do not experience adequate sleep quantity or quality.

You can drink all the coffee you want, but it won’t help if your mind and body are exhausted and in need of rest. The brain clarity, energy, and focus you get from a good night’s sleep are unlike any other, and being well-rested will have you performing better in all aspects of your life.

Productivity growth is directly related to your mental state, which can be improved through regular exercise and physical activity.

Remember, the best support for a strong and healthy brain is a strong and healthy body, and both will improve your productivity.

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