The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

Not only does ex­er­cise im­prove your body, it helps your men­tal func­tion, says cer­ti­fied trainer David Atkin­son. “Ex­er­cise in­creases en­ergy lev­els and in­creases sero­tonin in the brain, which leads to im­proved men­tal clar­ity,” says Atkin­son, di­rec­tor of pro­gram de­vel­op­ment for Cooper Ven­tures, a divi­sion of the Cooper Aer­o­bics Cen­ter in Dal­las. All that makes for a more pro­duc­tive day. “It is clear that those who are ac­tive and who ex­er­cise are much more pro­duc­tive at work,” says Todd A. As­torino, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of ki­ne­si­ol­ogy at Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity-San Mar­cos. Im­proved pro­duc­tiv­ity not only makes you a bet­ter worker, it makes things bet­ter for ev­ery­one in the work­place. Com­pa­nies with less wasted work hours and less sick time end up with lower health care costs — and an im­proved bot­tom line.

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