Feeling unmotivated, tired and burnt out at work?
We all have days where our mental work capacity has depleted. Our morning coffee didn’t kick in, our midday WIP didn’t get the creative juices flowing and our mid-afternoon snack break didn’t give us the last bit of energy that we needed.
We normally put this feeling down to working too hard, burnout, or just ‘not being in the right headspace’ but, what if there was another reason behind it?
A study done by the Library of Medicine 1 shows that our mental firepower is directly linked to our physical routine and that nowhere are the implications more relevant than to our performance at work.
The evidence from the study went on to state that doing exercise during your regular work hours, where capable, would benefit your performance even further. However, it’s been shown 2 that 80% of people, possibly including you, aren’t doing enough physical activity, which can impact your performance at work.
Why could that be?
When we think of a typical workday, it consists of the struggle to get out of bed, take the long commute to the office or site and after that first sweet taste of coffee, get stuck into our ever-growing to-do list. Not all of us go into the day thinking about exercise, and if we do, we don’t usually make space in our workday for it. For those of us who work in an office, the mere thought of getting all sweaty in the middle of the day without any way to spruce up is quite undesirable, to say the least.
For some of us, outside forces are to play in this conundrum. We return home to families, chores, friends, side projects and more, which in turn makes it even harder for us to fit physical activity into our daily routine.
Why should you care about not being physically active during the day? You feel fine as you are, you’re getting the job done and you’re already exhausted enough as it is.
There are many cognitive benefits to exercise that can positively impact your working day, and by not being active in the day, you’re not performing at your full potential. 3
When you’re physically inactive, there was found to be a 29% increase in errors and an 8% slower working pace. 4
Physical activity has been shown as an effective strategy for preventing and treating numerous physical and mental health issues you may encounter, as well as your work performance outcomes. When you’re in poor health, mentally or physically, you’re unable to work at your best, no matter what field you work in.
Key things happen when you exercise 5:
- Improved focus on the mind
- Overtime improvement of physical health
- Improvement of stress management
- Increased Oxygen intake
As you can see from above, there are multiple benefits for how exercise can positively influence your workday. If we look at the last benefit, ‘increased oxygen intake’, it’s been shown that increased oxygen supply to the brain improves productivity and happiness. 6 However, not all exercise is created equal when it comes to creating an increase in oxygen. Research 7 has found that resistance based strength training creates an instant oxygen boost which can last up to 21 hours* far outlasting the effects of high intensity interval training or walking.
We’ve found that after just 11 minutes of resistance training a day, (which results in an oxygen boost for up to 21 hours), you can experience improved productivity, wellbeing, better manage stress and 8% improvement in task processing speed as well as a 29% error rate decrease in work produced. 8
So what’s next? You’ve read that an increase in oxygen intake is important for your brainpower, that your productivity will greatly improve from just 11 minutes of resistance training a day and that it’s best for not just you, but your boss for you to prioritise physical activity each day.
Go and tell your boss!
They may not be aware that 80% of their staff are underperforming and that their biggest unaddressed business performance challenge is costing them a fortune.. You’re now in the know-how, one of the lucky few to realise what’s impacting yourself, your colleagues and the company you work for, so go forth and educate!
If more people in the business begin to exercise daily and boost their oxygen intake, that’s even more brainpower to accomplish tasks at hand, which makes everyone's job easier!
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