No matter what line of work we find ourselves in, there is always the desire to do well, impress your boss, and maybe even pull in a promotion. We sit at our desks and hustle through memos and invoices to demonstrate that we are a hard workers. Chances are, you are great and you do work hard, but how could you be even better?
Get up, and walk away from your desk.
Many believe that sitting at a desk for hours on end is the best way to produce high quantity and quality work; however, research indicates that this is not the case. Sitting at your desk for long hours will produce diminishing returns; the longer we are at our desks, the less productive we actually are.
Below we will unpack 5 huge benefits for how purposeful movement (ie. walking) can positively affect your day at work and your well-being.
1. Increase Productivity and Creativity
Standing up and moving our bodies makes our muscles contract and hearts work a little harder. When this happens, blood flow is increased, allowing for more oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the brain. This extra surge of vital nutrients makes us more creative and productive.
Did you know that, due to our natural circadian rhythms, midday is thought to be the most ideal time to exercise?
2. Eliminate Feelings of Anxiety, Fear and Stress
Exercise is a great way to burn off negative energy. If you have a particularly stressful day or are experiencing high anxiety, exercise will help to alleviate those symptoms. Burning some energy through exercise can also improve your sleep, which can further reduce these negative feelings.
3. Improved Immune System
Imagine fewer sick days, less colds, and being at the top of your game all year long. Doctors have found that exercising boosts the activity of the cells responsible for killing viruses. Walking your dog, riding a bike, or taking a break from your desk are all great ways to help keep you healthy year-round.
4. Prevent Cognitive Decline
Taking short activity breaks can reduce the number of brain cells lost through natural aging and degenerative diseases (ie. Alzheimer’s). Exercise will also help create new brain cells while improving your memory and your ability to learn new tasks.
5. Improved Mood
When we exercise, our body releases endorphins, which produce a positive, mood-boosting feeling. Encourage those in your workspace to take quick movement breaks to improve everyone’s mood and create a positive, supportive work environment.
Are you ready to transform your body? I would love to hear from you.