Almost all people are experts at making excuses for not doing what they are supposed to do. Perhaps, the best example of this are those who don’t exercise because they “don’t have the time”. As it happens, the busiest people make time in their schedule for regular exercise and they don’t skip a workout, if possible. They won’t avoid it, and here’s why:
It’s a well-known fact that excessive stress is the enemy of productivity. This may lead to falling behind at work and having to work more hours, further increasing a person’s stress levels. Someone who feels overwhelmed instead of challenged will tend to have difficulty concentrating and multitasking. They will fail to distinguish between the important and the trivial, and will be less effective in interacting with colleagues.
Regular exercise, whether a ten-minute walk at lunchtime or something a bit intensive, is one of the best counters to chronic stress. It will also help restore the hormone levels and improve immune system function. Nobody can perform at their peak when they’re sick with the flu, right?
Going to the Gym Regularly Beats the Procrastination Habit
Going to the gym has many health benefits and it can also improve your physical appearance. But the greatest advantage of working out is learning about self-discipline. Making that decision to hit the gym three times a week (and actually sticking to it) is a good way to build up your ability to do what’s necessary or beneficial. This quickly translates into no longer putting off unpleasant projects at work or home and maximizing your time. There will be no more lazy bones in your body.
Exercise Directly Improves the Mind
The brain contains around 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Laid end to end, they would stretch four times around the earth. All of that plumbing needs a strong cardiovascular system to function effectively, and if a person’s heart isn’t in good shape, the likely results include increased fatigue, headaches and memory problems.
Building up heart muscles and stretching the arteries through exercise boosts brain function and mental health. Our happiness and cognitive ability are dependent on chemicals called neurotransmitters being in balance, and exercise helps restore them to normal levels. In this regard, exercise is almost as efficient as chemical treatment for diseases like chronic anxiety and depression. Exercise is even a key factor for encouraging the growth of fresh brain cells (neurogenesis) and slows down the shrinking of the brain as people get older.
While people like to divide work into creative and non-creative types, the truth is that finding an accounting error often requires a little lateral thinking, just like making good decisions which involves being able to visualize their outcomes. As it happens, the ability of people to come up with creative solutions has been seen by scientists as heightened for up to two hours after exercising. While your boss may frown on employees doing push-ups next to their desks, running up and down the stairwell for a few minutes may be just what you need to solve an intractable problem.
Exercise Improves Sleep
Everybody must have experienced this more or less often: going to bed at your usual time, followed by repeated gyrations in order to get comfortable. After an hour of tossing and turning, you start stressing about not getting enough rest, which drives dreamland even farther away.
Our body and the nervous system are built to be dependent on a reasonable amount of exercise, so that stress, medication and other factors playing tricks on our hormones and neurotransmitters can leave us unable to drift off even while feeling tired. Exercise is one of the most effective remedies for insomnia.
Working out can leave you tired for an hour and sore for a day, but this is the wrong aspect to focus on. If you want to be more productive, happier and more energized, regular exercise is the single thing you can do to achieve this.