Work(Out) Better

We all know the physical benefits of exercise – lower blood pressure and cholesterol, better weight management, lower risk of various diseases, healthier heart – the list goes on. Over the last decade, however, with the importance of mental health rising, we have seen more research about the effect exercise can have on our state of mind. A 2013 study from the NIH found that “physical activity is associated with enhanced cognitive processing”. In other words, our ability to learn and process information is directly linked to our exercise regimen.

With our mental energy and firepower so reliant on our physical activity, understanding how this impacts our performance at work is crucial. Consider the following cognitive benefits that come from regular exercise, according to Harvard Business Review:

  • Improved concentration
  • Sharper memory
  • Faster learning
  • Prolonged mental stamina
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Lower stress

“Exercise enables us to soak in more information, work more efficiently, and be more productive… yet many of us continue to perceive it as a luxury. It’s time we started considering physical activity as part of the work itself.” -HBR

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A special thanks to our partner, Equinox, who has offered to host a free work out class and happy hour the evening of Work Better Day this year!