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Benefits Of Regular Exercise

24th January 2019

Benefits Of Regular Exercise

Hands up if your New Year’s Resolution was to exercise more? I’m sure there’s a few!

January always starts with good intentions. Whether it’s taking up something new, giving up something bad or simply entering the year with a fresh mind-set. Some of your best laid plans may have been dropped already, some may have persevered.

However, getting more exercise has more benefits than just improving your health and fitness. It could also have a huge impact on your happiness and productivity at work.

More Happiness – Less Stress

It is proven that exercising regularly helps to improve your mood. It increases your level of endorphins, which are natural mood lifts. It also energizes you and provides routine, resulting in greater happiness.

As well as increasing your levels of happiness, it will also help to reduce your stress. In the short term, exercise will help you sweat out your worries. However, regular exercise over a period of time will also trigger a burst of hormonal changes, helping you to deal with the stress better.

Basically, more exercise means less stress, resulting in a happier life.

Increased Productivity

The result of this happier, less stressed life? Higher productivity and performance. You will feel more energised, more motivated and more focussed on your work. You’ll be entering with a clear mind, you won’t be feeling burned out and you will find yourself smashing your work!

Not only will you find yourself completing more tasks, you should find the level of effectiveness increase as well. Your focus and energy, on top of the increased happiness, will help improve the quality and quantity of work you are putting out.

What Can Companies Do?

Businesses have a role to play in this as well.

Adobe recently made the news after adding this running track to the 16th floor of their office. Of course, not all of us have the resources to do such a thing! But there are other ways in which companies can help.

Cycle to work schemes or discounted gym memberships are common benefits in many permanent roles. These help encourage workers to get daily exercise by breaking down barriers that could stop them, such as cost or convenience.

Many other companies run workplace wellness schemes, such as putting on a classes such as Yoga, Pilates or Meditation before or after work. Walking meetings is another approach which has become more common. Instead of having two or three people sat around a desk, why not go for a stroll? In 1889, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche suggested that “all truly great thoughts are conceived by walking”.

There are plenty of different ideas for bosses to put on to help their employees get exercise – just be creative!

How Much Exercise Do You Need To Do?

The NHS suggests that adults should aim to get 150 minutes of regular exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week.

So for example, a brisk walk or cycle would count as moderate exercise. If you are working five days per week, why not take a 30 minute walk on your lunch break, or after work? That’s your 150 minutes sorted.

Vigorous exercise includes a gym session, a run or playing a sport. Maybe it’s a game of tennis or a 5-a-side football match. This will help you get a significant amount of exercise in a short period of time. Of course, you can mx vigorous and moderate, depending on what you feel is right for you.

In reality, exercise will never be bad for you, so you should always aim to get as much as you possible can. Your health, happiness and productivity will all thank you for it!





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