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Find out how ex­er­cise can make you more pro­duc­tive.

Let’s face it. No mat­ter how much we read about the ben­e­fits of ex­er­cise, many of us still strug­gle to do it. It’s not al­ways easy to find the mo­ti­va­tion needed to leave an im­por­tant task that we’re work­ing on, get into our ac­tive wear and get a work­out done.

Sound fa­mil­iar? You’re not alone. Many peo­ple strug­gle to fit in ex­er­cise, de­spite know­ing the vast amount of ben­e­fits.

So, what can we do? One thing that has helped me a lot is to re­alise that ex­er­cis­ing brings greater lev­els of pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Here are three ways that ex­er­cise helps you be more pro­duc­tive: 1. Ex­er­cise can im­prove your brain func­tion.

Ex­er­cise in­creases blood-flow to the brain, im­prov­ing cir­cu­la­tion and fo­cus. Years ago, I re­mem­ber study­ing for some im­por­tant ex­ams and con­stantly feel­ing that I wouldn’t get ev­ery­thing done. But I re­mem­ber telling my­self, ‘It’s just half an hour out of my 24 hours’. I al­ways came back to my study feel­ing clearer in my mind. Ex­er­cise in­creased the blood-flow to the brain and im­proved cir­cu­la­tion and fo­cus. I no­ticed that by stick­ing to my rou­tine, I would think faster. Ex­er­cis­ing through­out exam-time was a great les­son for me in the im­por­tance of keep­ing up the rou­tine. I con­tinue to re­mind my­self of this when I’m tempted to miss a work­out.

As a per­son ages, the body gen­er­ates fewer and fewer brain cells (a process called neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis). How­ever, a habit of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can as­sist in men­tal clar­ity through­out our en­tire life. A study in the Jour­nal of

Ex­per­i­men­tal Psy­chol­ogy, demon­strated that walk­ing trig­gered a burst in cre­ative think­ing, with the av­er­age cre­ative out­put ris­ing 60 per­cent when a per­son was walk­ing. Also, when you ex­er­cise, the brain re­leases sero­tonin that helps you feel bet­ter and im­proves your state of mind, mak­ing any stresses of work eas­ier to han­dle so you’re more likely to be more pro­duc­tive.

2. Ex­er­cise can in­crease your en­ergy.

Ex­er­cise en­hances your body’s abil­ity to trans­fer glu­cose and oxy­gen through­out your brain and body, so it in­creases your en­ergy lev­els. Hav­ing more en­ergy helps you feel more awake while you’re work­ing, which can help you per­form your tasks to the best of your abil­ity. Many of my clients re­port that when they are ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly, they are sleep­ing bet­ter.

Re­mem­ber - it doesn’t have to be a long ses­sion. If you don’t have time to put in a full work­out each day, make small changes to your life­style, such as walk­ing dur­ing your lunch break and tak­ing more stairs.

3. Ex­er­cise can help you get more done.

Devote 1 hour to ex­er­cise – or even 30 min­utes – and it means that I get MORE done! I some­times feel ten­sion when I have ur­gent dead­lines be­tween get­ting work done and tak­ing time for self-care and move­ment. I want to ex­er­cise be­cause it feels so good, I know that my body loves and needs it – but I also feel stretched in every di­rec­tion and it’s easy to

want to post­pone it for to­mor­row. One thing that re­ally helps, is re­mind­ing my­self of the ‘qual­ity over quan­tity’ con­cept. I may feel that sit­ting at my lap­top for 12 hours is go­ing to be the best way to get my work done. But what if I sit there for 11 hours in­stead and devote 1 hour to ex­er­cise – or even 30 min­utes. It means that in the hours that I am at my desk, I get MORE done! This is a con­cept that makes sense. Even though it’s not al­ways easy to im­ple­ment, if I can con­vince my­self that I will get more done by tak­ing time to work out, then I will pri­ori­tise. And ex­pe­ri­ence proves that this is true.

If you are us­ing your brain a lot dur­ing the day, you want to look af­ter it and keep it sharp. Our brain needs a rest just like the rest of our body does. When you ex­er­cise, you change your fo­cus from one ac­tiv­ity to some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent and the brain loves the change.

The ev­i­dence is hard to deny. A habit of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can help you im­prove your brain func­tion, in­crease your en­ergy and get more done.

So, it does not mat­ter how busy you are, find a way to fit some move­ment into your life to­day!

Kat Mil­lar owns Get Re­sults Train­ing, ded­i­cated to help­ing peo­ple trans­form their health, mind & body. Since 2003, Kat has helped thou­sands of peo­ple achieve their goals. She’s a coach, speaker, award­win­ning fig­ure com­peti­tor, fit­ness lec­turer & NLP prac­ti­tioner. Her pas­sion helps peo­ple achieve life-chang­ing re­sults & ful­fill­ment, with a range of pro­grams for holis­tic health & body trans­for­ma­tion. Con­tact via Kat’s web­site or Face­book


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