What’s the simplest way to increase your work efficiency and decrease your stress levels?
It’s simple: exercise!
And, there are some easy ways to add physical activity into your working day, without it becoming too much of a burden on your already busy schedule.
But first, why is exercise so beneficial for work efficiency?
Well, it increases the blood and oxygen flow to our brains, it uses any excess adrenaline (released when we feel stressed), and it also releases those ‘feel-good-factor’ endorphins, which help to elevate our mood.
Here are some tips for exercising during the working day?
1. Make the most of your commute
If you can, walk or bike to work. Or, if you travel by bus, get off a few stops earlier, and walk the rest of the journey.
2. Stair climbing
Taking the stairs instead of the lift is an easy way to burn more calories throughout the day.
On average you will use around 100 calories in 10 minutes walking up and down stairs. By running, the calories burned will increase to 191.
3. Coffee breaks
Take a 10 minute walk during one of your coffee breaks each day.
Go outside if possible, the fresh air will do you good, and the change of scenery will help to increase work productivity.
4. Make the most of your lunch-time
Why not walk to the sandwich bar? Or, if you bring lunch with you, walk to the local park and eat it there.
5. Start a lunch-time exercise group
Having a regular routine and the support from your friends, will help you to stick with your exercise program, so why not try to get other co-workers involved, too?
6. Personal delivery service
Rather than sending an email, deliver messages or discuss issues in person with your co-workers.
The additional exercise will really add up over the course of a week.
7. Regular stretching
Stretch every hour to help you focus better on your current tasks.
8. Make an exercise schedule
Plan for your physical activity just as you would any other appointment during the day. This way, interruptions won’t be so likely to change your plans.
Remember, if you exercise after work, try to come to work prepared by bringing your sports clothes with you. This way you will be ready to get started immediately.
Joining a gym close to your work may also be a good way of encouraging you to attend more regularly.
How do you keep active at work? I’d love to hear from you.