Consistency is key when it comes to seeing the results we want in the gym, and without a doubt, the same thing can be said about other areas of life. Fortunately, regular exercise is great for achieving the ’you’ that you want – physically and mentally! Numerous studies have linked routine exercise to improved cognitive function, and thus, productivity and consistently!
Improved Memory Function
Working out doesn’t just grow your muscles, it grows your hippocampus, too! This is the part of the brain responsible for memory as well as the ability to learn new information. This makes tasks such as learning new skills in the workplace or recalling important information significantly easier.
Higher energy levels
One of the biggest misconceptions about exercise is that it will leave you feeling tired. One study showed that engaging in moderate exercise three times a week, consistently for six weeks increased energy levels of participants leaving them feeling less fatigued. In the workplace this can translate to having employees who have:
- Increased productivity and performance
- Better concentration and focus
- Ability to finish more tasks throughout the workday
- Improved and upbeat mood
- Fewer errors and mistakes.
Lets face it, beginning a new fitness routine is hard. Staying accountable and showing up when you don’t necessarily want to requires even more mental strength and discipline. Frequent exercise can help rewire the brain to be better at pushing through things that don’t necessarily bring us instant gratification.
Another benefit that people experience from regular exercise is increased flexibility of the brain! What are the benefits of a flexible brain, you ask? Well to name a few:
- Improved attention to detail
- Ability to switch thoughts and tasks easier
- Increased concentration
One study shows that just 20 minutes of physical activity per day for five consecutive days a week provides measurable cognitive benefits.
Getting regular exercise looks different for every person. That could mean going for a jog, getting a quick 30 minute group workout in, or participating in an online workout in the comfort of your own home. Whatever activity you choose to do – building consistency with your exercise will provide massive benefits in other areas of your life.