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Working Out at Work Can Boost Productivity

From improving your heart health to toning your tush, we all know about the numerous physical and aesthetic rewards of working out. But did you know that working out at work can also make you a more productive and therefore a more valuable employee?

Over the past few years, numerous research studies have shown that individuals who took time out of their workday to exercise were just as productive if not more productive than those who didn’t exercise during work hours.

The positive effects of exercise on cognition, memory, mood, self-confidence, stress levels, stamina and overall happiness add up to higher work performance, better time management and increased productivity.

The benefits of programs that encourage working out at work are not reserved for just the workers. They also give companies more efficient employees who work better together, take fewer sick days, have better attendance and are more cooperative with co-workers. All this results in the one major benefit companies love to see – lower health care costs.

What’s the best time to workout?

Morning and midday have shown to be the best times for office workers to get their workouts fix. Put it down to good old-fashioned competitiveness, but another added productivity benefit of exercise is that it can inspire others to not only improve their health and fitness but also their work performance.

Fitting exercise during the workday can also improve one’s work-life balance. By getting a workout in midday it gives the individual more personal/family time in the mornings or evenings. It also breaks up the workday making it less of a drudge-fest.

Here’s a great 25-minute full-body SandBell that’s perfect for working out at work because you can do it with limited time and space.

Instructions:

Perform each exercise for 1 minute each in a circuit, then rest for 1 minute. Repeat circuit 2 more times for a total of 3 circuits.

Exercises in this workout:
  • Front Squat
  • Atlas Press
  • Hip Swings
  • Bent Over Row
  • Lunge Twist
  • Pull Thru
  • Ribbon

Sources:
http://journals.lww.com/joem/Abstract/2011/08000/Employee_Self_rated_Productivity_and_Objective.3.aspx
http://www.principal.com/about/news/2013/usis-wellness-summary013013.htm
http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2012-00194-001

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