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How Exercise Can Help You Win the Rat Race

On26/ 09 /18

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. By undertaking as little as half an hour of physical activity per day, you contribute not only towards muscle strength but also towards your emotional and mental health. 

But working out has even more benefits outside your overall health and the way you look. In this article we share the top five ways that exercise can help with achieving your career goals that will make you want to hit the gym immediately. 

Boost creativity

Have you ever found yourself somewhat struggling with a creative project you have been assigned to? Yes, we know this feeling; the fear of being unable to come up with an original idea can be frustrating. 

But here is good news – a regular exercise routine, especially aerobic workouts such as running, are proven to get the creative juices flowing. According to Professor Lorenza Colzato, a cognitive psychologist at Leiden University, those people who exercise at least four times a week “tend to think more creatively compared to those with a more sedentary lifestyle.” So, who’s up for a run?

Combat stress

Did you know that work is the most common cause of stress for adults in the UK, with over 59% experiencing it every day? According to a survey by Pekbox, the number one reason for feeling worried is not being able to cope with the workload given. One in five workers also cite long working hours as the main source of stress. 

So how can you cope with stress at work? Forget medicine supplements and think exercise. Working out releases endorphins – a group of hormones that interact with the receptors in your brain to reduce the perception of pain and have an impact on psychological distress. More over, regular exercise has a positive effect on your mood as it relieves tension, anxiety and anger, and can boost your confidence levels as well.

Supercharging productivity 

Being productive at work can help you get your job done faster, which could go some way to making you more eligible for a promotion. But how can you achieve it when your morning alarm makes you more and more fatigued? 

According to BBC News, employees who exercise during their work hours are productive, happy, efficient and calm. But apart from sharpening your mental mind-set, systematic physical activity is also linked to improved time-management skills, which are crucial to meeting important deadlines and hitting KPIs. 


Undo the damage of sitting

Sitting for excessively long periods of time is a risk factor for a number of conditions, especially if we talk about 9-to-5 jobs. With many adults in the UK spending more than seven hours a day sitting or lying, leading an active life style is a must to eliminate the damage and stop chronic illnesses, including obesity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol level and excess body fat. 

So how can you sneak a little bit of exercise into your daily office routine? First off, try to take a break from sitting every 30 minutes and use this time to walk upstairs or have a little walk around the kitchen. If you work at a desk, ask your boss about having a standing one that will allow you to relax your muscles and improve your posture. You should also consider swapping your regular chair for a stability ball that can help with strengthening your abdominal muscles every time you sit down. 

Stay focused

According to researchers at Stanford University, your brain turns off when you’re not concentrating. And this is not something we’re happy with, especially if we talk about work performance.  

But here is the good news – systematic physical activity is linked to improved concentration and learning abilities. This happens because of exercise stimulating brain regions, which are involved in memory function, releasing a chemical called brain-derived-neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that rewires memory circuits, so they work better. Happy days!

If you’re looking for a job that exercises your creative muscles, reach out to our experienced recruitment specialists today!

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