How exercise can improve your productivity and efficiency

Why exercise could be the key a more successful career

If you think you ‘don’t have time’ or are ‘way too busy’ to exercise, you may want to think again. Exercise can actually increase your productivity and efficiency, both in the workplace and at home. 

Some of the busiest, most successful people  make the time and commit to a regular exercise regime. Here are some of the reasons why you should do the same. 

Exercise keeps brain cells in tact

It’s often hard to find ‘me’ time and unwind in a world moving so fast. Exercise not only keeps your body fighting fit, but also your mind! 

One of the reasons we see highly productive people exercise regularly is because they know that it improves their mental capacity, and helps keep the brain in check to complete tasks more effectively and efficiently. 

Studies suggest that exercise prevents a process called neurogenesis, which is the degeneration of brain cells. Exercising regularly allows you to be more on top of your game, potentially resulting in higher productivity compared to your sedentary colleagues. 

Exercise makes you happy

Science shows that the positive effects exercise has on your mind are immediate. When exercising, the body releases several neurotransmitters, which can help curb stress levels and increase overall mental wellbeing. Serotonin is one of these.

The release of serotonin causes that happy, unbeatable feeling you get from exercise. Serotonin helps improve your state of mind, making complex tasks at work easier to handle. Dealing with stress constructively can help improve your relationships with colleagues and improve your productivity as a team. 

Exercise improves energy levels

Some people believe that exercise depletes our energy stores, making  us feel more tired and causinge lethargy. However, science has since debunked this myth. The cells in our body actually create energy for us to use, known as Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). When you exercise, the production of ATP increases to meet the demands of physical activity. The increased production of ATIP also provides more energy for the brain, increasing our mental capacity.  

When you exercise, your body also increases blood flow to the brain, making your mind more alert and allowing you to think more clearly, thus increasing your productivity. Research also shows that you don’t even need to train super hard to achieve this effect. Even low intensity exercise can create this response and promote positive results. 

Exercise helps prevent illness 

There’s nothing that disrupts productivity quite like a cold or flu.  Constantly feeling under the weather with chronic preventable illness can slow you down, both in the workplace and at home. 

Making sure you are in the best physical health possible will help you maintain productivity. Your body and mind need to be well-maintained to ensure you reach your maximum potential. Exercise can provide both physical and mental relief from stress and keep your body healthy and disease-free. 

Aside from maximising productivity, keeping active comes with a long list of other physical benefits:

- Helps manage body weight

- Improves cardio and stamina

- Lowers the risk of a lifestyle disease

- Improves mobility

- Improves immunity against infectious diseases

If you have fewer sick days, are able to maintain your body for the physically draining effects of your job (such as gruelling travel schedules) and can move yourself away from lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, then you give yourself the best possible chance of maintaining your maximum productivity potential throughout your career.  

So even when you may feel like you are just too busy, stressed, or time-poor to exercise, remember that it is worthwhile sticking to a regular exercise regime. Your productivity will increase as you make better decisions and avoid having to re-visit tasks which were made hastily due to stress and overtiredness. 

Elle Welsman

Elle owns Sydney's first women's CrossFit gym, CrossFit Tone in Brookvale. She has a passion for helping women realise how fit and healthy they can be through strength and high intensity training. Having a keen interest in positive body image, Elle pushes women to be self confident through her training systems. Click here to learn more about Elle Welsman and her outlook and approach!