How can we expect to deliver our best and reach our desired success, if we don’t properly look after ourselves? Burnout is a real problem in the business world. The solution isn’t to work less but instead to practice self-care. A huge remedy for any feelings of stress, fatigue or depression is maintaining healthy habits in our lives – one of which being exercise.
In any demanding career position, exercising at least a couple of times a week is crucial because you need to be mentally on point and operate with an unbreakable focus each and every day. Your objective, if you want to survive the stress many modern workers face, is to make your brain immune to stress, as much as possible, so that you can be highly productive and also maintain a happy home life.
Here are four science-backed reasons as to why exercise should be your primary focus, for a better work-life;
Did you know that we spend 47% of every waking hour thinking about something other than the task in front of us? Can you imagine how incredibly productive we would be if we gave our undivided attention to each task? A huge component of success is concentrating and getting some actual work done. Exercising and focus are closely interlinked, a study published in the journal PLoS ONE, found that those who exercise, have improved functioning of their central nervous system (CNS) and autonomic nervous system (ANS).
2. Exercise supports memory
Think about everything you need to remember on a daily basis - from the names of new contacts to the basics of your to-do list. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to increase your memory capacity? Well, there is. Studies show that improvements were seen in participant's memories, after just six weeks of 20-minute interval training sessions. This is because exercise helps to support Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a protein that increases the growth, functioning and survival of your brain cells.
3. Combining exercise and nature boosts your problem solving skills
In a 2014 study at Stanford, scientists found that when people are walking in nature, their creative output increased by a whopping 60%. Not only does being in nature increase your creativity and problem-solving ability but it also greatly eases your stress and improves your overall wellbeing. so whenever you can make strolling or running in nature a priority.
4. Exercise improves your presence
I’m not just talking about looking good, which actually does matter when you are trying to persuade or engage an audience of people, I’m talking about internal confidence. In a study by the Journal of Health Psychology, the simple act of exercise, and not fitness itself, can make people feel better about their appearance for long periods of time. Further, exercise has been shown to reduce overall levels of anxiety. It’s no secret that people want entrepreneurs to be cool, calm and collected and exercise is a sure way for you to build these characteristics.