How your career can benefit from regular exercise or even a walk

Scientists have repeatedly found that people who exercise feel more alert, confident and energetic in comparison to those who don’t. And the benefits don’t stop there.  

A study published in ‘The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport’, found people, who walked for 30 minutes, three times a week, felt a lot better than those that didn’t. The study included a mixture of active and sedentary people.

Reported benefits included feeling:

  • Less tense

  • More Enthusiastic

  • More relaxed

  • Able to cope better with workload, (compared to days they didn’t walk for 30 minutes)

Participants were also asked to report on their moods before and after walking. Researchers stated: 

“Lunchtime walks improved enthusiasm, relaxation, and nervousness at work”

Why Walk?

When you next have a big deadline, take a lunchtime walk, to get focused before you start!

Promotes Creativity!

Innovators such as Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have been known to use walking meetings, to promote the best thinking from themselves and others.

Stanford University researchers conducted some research in a ‘Learning, Memory and Cognition study’, which revealed walking indoors or outdoors improved participants ability to think creatively. They found, compared to sitting, walking increased participants’ creative output during cognitive exercises by about 60%. 

In summary they found people moving put them in better moods, which encourages more creative thinking. They also stated that focusing on movement is a distraction form linear thinking, which then frees up walkers’ minds to wander to new ideas.

Why Walk?

A walk before your next creative session can help loosen up your mind and body, preparing you for out-of-the-box thinking.

Increases attention span 

Scientists have also found low-impact exercise triggers numerous positive outcomes, whether your brain is developing, staying the same or declining.

Why Walk?

Walking’s been show to help people of all ages.

Many researchers have found even a mid-day stroll can help forge new connections between brain cells. It also encourages the growth of neurons, which leads to a boost in brain power!

During larger periods of concentration, people’s brains stop focusing because they become desensitized to the task. Taking a short break brings the work in hand back to the forefront.

Top Tip

Take your next break outdoors and in motion to encourage focus and brain power.

A regular 30 minute lunch time walk can be a great way to help you become more relaxed and productive at work.

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