September 13, 2016 10:07 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, Sept 13: The early bird catches the worm right? Well, some of the most successful people in the world attribute their increased productivity levels at work to starting their day with some form of exercise.
Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue hits the tennis courts at 6am every day. Richard Branson kicks off his working day off with a run and likewise with Starbucks President Michelle Gass.
Here are just a few reasons why exercising in the morning can help boost productivity.
It improves mental sharpness
Exercise increases the blood flow to the brain meaning that you become more alert and aware of what’s going on. A study from Bristol University found that after exercising, performance at work was consistently higher as was time management and mental sharpness.
You will feel less stressed
Stress is a killer. It doesn’t matter what is causing you the stress, if you don’t get it under control then it will do some serious damage to your health. However, exercise will help the way your body deals with that stress. It will boost your feel good endorphins, help you put aside thinking about work for the duration of your activity and improve your mood.
You’ll get your best ideas
I get some of my best ideas when I’m swimming. Clearing your mind and just thinking about how you move your body will get those creative juices flowing.
It saves you time
Time is something that we’re all short of. And who wants to hit a sweaty gym after you’ve sat at your desk for the last 8 hours? Answer: Nobody. But working out in the morning doesn’t just involve the gym. You can take part in the active travel movement, get your bike out of storage, dust off your trainers and cycle or run to work. Free apps such as Flow Finder can even help you find your nearest shower facility so you don’t have to sit in work feeling like a hot mess - what’s not to like?
You will make better decisions
The endorphins that are released when exercising also improve the prioritizing function of the brain. So by exercising you’re activating your ability to prioritize tasks and get things done in an organized manner.
You’ll feel more energetic
If you’re reaching for a chocolate bar or energy drink to avoid the afternoon slump then something has to change. Exercising will give you a boost that lasts all day and also improves your endurance. Just a quick 15 minute workout per day can make all the difference.
And finally, you will sleep - better
Exercise will help improve sleep patterns, especially if you suffer from insomnia. But as well as helping you get to sleep, it will also help improve the quality of sleep that you get. Poor sleep won’t just make you feel tired and sluggish, it can also have some pretty serious knock on effects to your health and productivity. Regular exercise is the key to improving your sleep sessions so make sure that you find a routine that works and stick to it.
The benefits of working out in the morning exceed any cons that may crop up. Even if you’re not a morning person, there is always a way of slotting some form of activity in to your routine, whether it be taking part in active travel or just a quick 10 minute session before you hop in the shower.