Can you guess what 70 year old Richard Branson’s secret is to being so productive? Fresh air and exercise! Yep, Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, revealed that being physically fit is one of the major driving forces behind his productivity. And we’re not surprised.
Exercise causes your body to release endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in your body. Some people have even described that “after workout feeling” as euphoric. But what is it about exercise that boosts productivity?
Exercise keeps you alert
Regular exercise improves your respiration ability and increases the amount of oxygen in your blood. The oxygen-rich blood then circulates throughout your body and helps enhance your brain function and keep you alert for longer.
Exercise can boost your energy levels
While this may seem counter-intuitive, exercise can actually boost your energy levels when you’re feeling sluggish and lazy. In most cases, exercise may be a more effective energy booster than a nap. Recent research has proven that regular exercise can even boost energy levels in people who suffer from chronic fatigue and other energy-sapping conditions. So, next time you feel your eyes getting heavy – get up, walk around, do a skip or two to get you through your day.
Exercise can kickstart your creativity
According to a study released in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, when you’re stumped for ideas, a simple 15 minute walk can trigger a burst in creative thinking with the average creative output rising 60%. If a stroll can produce such amazing results, imagine what regular exercise can do for you!
Exercise reduces stress
As mentioned above, exercise releases endorphins in your brain that trigger positive feelings and act as natural as an antidepressant. Among all well-known stress management techniques, exercise is perhaps the most recommended technique by physicians worldwide. In particular, regular aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension and anxiety.
Exercise improves sleep
This one almost goes without saying. Not only does physical activity tire out your body for a good night’s sleep, but it has been proven to strengthen your circadian rhythms, which promotes daytime alertness and helps bring on sleepiness at night.
At Macadamia Care we make sure that our residents lace up their shoes, open the door and head outside. For those residents who are frail, we take them out on wheelchairs so they can also enjoy their time outside. Have a look.
The evidence is clear. Exercise is the golden key to improved productivity, reduced stress, increased creativity and improved overall health. Not only is exercise vital to physical health but is essential to promoting emotional and mental health. It’s the perfect remedy!
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