Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Healthy body, healthy mind – getting fit can improve your work performance

Some degree of stress is to be expected in most roles at busy times, but one of the ways you can cope with this is to get more exercise.

As you exercise, the body releases endorphins, which should reduce stress levels and give you better mental focus at work.

Exercise also allows more blood to reach your brain, making you more alert and focussed.

It can also give you increased energy. If you wake early in the morning for work, drive all the way from your front door to the office, go straight to your desk and then go no further than the office canteen at lunchtime, it’s all too easy to start feeling sleepy later in the day.

Even a simple brisk walk balances neurotransmitters and other chemicals in the brain, delivering tangible improvements to your mood, attention span, learning ability and motivation.

Getting regular exercise can also reduce the chances of you becoming ill.

You may not quite feel able to emulate the likes of Michelle Gass – the president who turned around the fortunes of the Starbucks coffee chain – who is out on a run at 4.30am every morning! Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is also known to take a morning run before starting work. However, some simple ways you can boost your work performance by getting fitter include:

  • Walking or cycling for at least part of your journey to work. Some companies have signed up to dedicated Cycle to Work schemes
  • Taking the stairs instead of the lift. If your office is on a high floor, then consider walking up several floors before getting the lift the rest of the way, and then taking the stairs all the way down when you leave
  • Visiting a gym before or after work, or at lunchtime. Some employers have special membership deals with local gyms.
  • Going for a brisk walk at lunchtime. Whilst any form of physical activity can boost your work performance, there can also be real benefits to getting some exercise in the middle of the working day, thus boosting your performance during the afternoon
  • Considering how you can get some more organised physical exercise at weekends – going for longer walks, runs, swims, cycle rides etc.

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