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10 Reasons Why Keeping Fit Is Good For Business

October 31, 2016 Left Field 0 Comment

Not staying in shape?

It’s ok, you’re not alone. Many people get enough exercise to stay fit enough to run a couple hundred yards.

In March 2014 a European Commission Report titled “Sport and Physical Activity” looked at the exercise habits of 29,717 people across the 28 member states in Europe.

The report found that 54% of all respondents did not do any vigorous activity during a given week, with 42% never doing any physical activity whatsoever.

This is an increase of 3% from a study conducted in 2009.

So I Don’t Stay Fit, Why Does It Matter?

I think you will accept that exercise is hugely beneficial to our health and wellbeing, right? Even if many of us ignore this from day to day.

The most common excuse offered  by respondents to the above mentioned study was lack of time.

If we delve in deeper we’ll find that we don’t assign our own personal health enough importance… until it’s too late.

What is important becomes immediate and what’s immediate we tend to afford time. So maybe what we must do is take a moment to consider the benefits of staying in shape.

7 Reasons Why Keeping Fit Is Good For Business

Personal fitness is not only good for catching the bus, but keeping fit is good for business too. Not only is the body positively affected but the brain is also positively affected.

Here’s a few reasons why you should get fit.

#1 Exercise Improves Our Mental Health

Regular exercise impacts positively on our mental health, with studies suggesting that exercise relieves stress and alleviates mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

The good news is we don’t need to put in two hours at the gym a day. A modest amount of exercise such as 1 hour walking or jogging a couple of times per week can make a huge difference.

#2 Exercise Helps Lose Excess Body Fat

Ok, so this one is a bit obvious. However, we can easily accept that working out can help us lose weight, but what’s more important is what’s going on inside our bodies.

Fat deposits on our heart and other major organs have a significant effect on their ability to function normally. If body fat goes unchecked for many years this can have a profoundly negative effect on our health.

Looking good on the outside is great, but it’s the positive effects keeping fit has on the inside that really counts.

#3 Exercise Improves Cognitive Function

A recent study carried out at the University of Adelaide, Australia suggests that 1 x 30 minute vigorous exercise session can lead to significant improvements in memory and motor skill coordination.

Researchers monitored adult subjects in their late 20s and early 30s riding exercise bikes for a period of 30 minutes. Results showed the 30 minute session improved the brain’s ability to change physically, functionally, and chemically.

Professor Michael Ridding said;

“This exercise-related change in the brain may, in part, explain why physical activity has a positive effect on memory and higher-level functions.”

#4 Exercise Can Help Reduce Stimulant Dependency

When we exercise our brains create and release dopamine into the blood. This chemical is known as the “reward chemical” and generally comes in response to pleasure.

For some of us, we can become addicted to dopamine and dependent on the substances or experiences that produce it, like cigarettes, drugs or alcohol.

Beneficial activities also promote the brain to produce dopamine and other feel good drugs that actually can help in addiction recovery.

Stimulants disrupt many of the body’s natural processes, including our circadian rhythms. Exercise can help reboot the body clock, helping people hit the hay at the right time.

#5 Exercise Help The Body Relax

When we’re giving all our energy and time to work, it can be hard to imagine having any time at all for exercise.

The downside of giving all our head space to work is that we never really relax, often lying awake at night thinking about work related issues.

Making the space for a moderate workout can be the equivalent of a sleeping pill, even for those of us with a lot on our minds.

Working out or going for a light jog also may help us process work challenges that we have and subsequently find solutions to those problems.

#6 Exercise Boosts Creativity

Most of us work out in the evening, then shower and relax for the night. But maybe we should be working out in the morning before work.

A 2005 study looked at Aerobic Exercise and it relationship to Creative Potential. It discovered that n early morning gym session has been found to boost creativity for up to two hours afterwards.

Consider getting inspired and creative by getting up an hour earlier in the morning and exercising before work.

#7 Exercise Increases Your Productivity

Feel like you need to get more done? It might on the surface seem counter intuitive to give up work time to spend time in the gym but that might be the solution you’re looking for.

Research shows that workers who take time for exercise on a regular basis are generally more productive and have more energy than their more sedentary peers.

While your busy schedule might make it impossible to workout in the middle of the day, some experts believe that midday is the ideal time for a workout.

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