How would you like to feel more energized at work — to sharpen your brain and enhance your ability to concentrate, learn, and think creatively? Not only would you feel better physically, but you’d be more motivated — and at the top of your game, career-wise. Sound good?
Being Your Best, Doing Your Best
Moderate —-> vigorous exercise has remarkable effects on the bran structure and its function. So take a brisk walk during your morning break or take a group fitness class at lunch time. This will help balance your neurotransmitters and chemicals in the brain which is responsible for mood, attention, learning, motivation, and arousal. Exercise helps your brain and body cope better with stress which is great for people who work in high-pressure of high-stress environments.
Turbo-Charge Your Brain
Another influence on the way the brain works is brain-derived neurotrophic factors, as known as BDNF. This substance boosts brain cell growth (neuron) and strengthens cell-to-cell connections, essentially changing brain structure. It even protects neurons against age related changes that can lead to dementia or death. Stronger, healthier, better-connected, bigger brain cells —-> increased learning capacity. Exercise floods the brain with BDNF which helps the brain absorb information, process it, remember it, and use it.
Since exercise boosts BDNF and more is needed to optimize brain function, ideally exercised should be paired with complex motor or cognitive tasks. Some of these activities are figure skating, rock climbing, soccer, running, brisk walking, or swimming followed by reviewing data reports, participating in a Web conference, or repairing a vehicle. The key is to keep finding ways to challenge your body and brain. Trying to learn difficult material while on the stair climber is pointless. Blood flow shifts away from the part of the brain responsible for critical thinking SO when you are done working out, the BDNF returns to normal. This would be the optimal time for focusing on tasks tat require some serious brain power.
An On-The-Job Performance Edge
Now a days, there are many places of employment that are increasing sedentary, increasing worker risk of inactivity-related injuries and illness. Excessive sitting down has been shown to impart risks that are independent of exercise levels. An active lifestyle clearly cuts down on sitting time and results in both physical and mental benefits.
One study showed that a supervised, pre-planting season exercise program among reforestation workers reduced injury rates from 22% to less than 5% — and increased productivity.
A daily supervised 10-minute stretching program among assembly-line workers showed significant improvement in joint flexibility, fatigue, anger, depression, and overall mood.
A nine–month study of 80 executives showed that exercisers experienced a 22% increase in fitness and a 70% improvement in ability to make complex decisions compared to sedentary peers.
A study of railroad workers showed that 75% of employees reported improvement in on-the-job concentration and overall productivity.
In addition to increasing the ability to focus, think clearly, and learn more effectively, regular exercise improves mood, relieves anxiety and depression, enhances energy, and promotes self-efficacy. When you feel great and believe in yourself, your mindset at work is bound to be optimistic, and that bodes well for job performance — and career growth. When you stay physically active, you’re taking care of your body and your brain — reducing health risks and increasing your capacity for learning, motivation, and sharp thinking.
Stay Active, Enhance Your Career
The nature of work in today’s modern workplace often involves juggling multiple roles, heavy workloads, and the ability to think on one’s feet. Athletes train for peak performance — and research points to plenty of good reasons for workers in other fields to follow in their active lifestyle.