Work out, get a raise? That's what some researchers in England are suggesting. Scientists at the University of Bristol found that people who exercised either before heading to the office (or on their lunch break) performed better under job stress. Read on for more reasons to hit the gym...
Researchers followed 200 office workers and found that any form of exercise during the day significantly improved productivity, time management and problem-solving skills. Employees also reported better moods on days they were active. "It's generally well-known now that there are many physical and mental health benefits that can be gained from regular exercise," study author Jo Coulson told The Daily Mail. "If people try to fit an active break into their working day, they might also experience the added bonus of their whole day feeling much more productive. And that always feels good."
This is the first study that shows that exercise during work hours has mental, as well as physical benefits. I totally buy these findings. A few months ago, I was on a streak where I would hit the gym across the street from my office whenever I had a free hour during the workday. It motivated to do my work faster (gotta make it to yoga class!) and when I got back, I felt so good that the rest of the day flew by.
What time of the day do you exercise? Can you sneak it in during your lunch break?
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