Working a 9 to 5 job has its ups and downs. Staying motivated and not distracted while sitting in an office all day can be difficult. Whether it be a video of a dog riding a skateboard or an article about the latest celebrity gossip, distractions are everywhere.
But what if the simple act of going out for a quick walk, or keeping up with your exercise and fitness goals during the week could improve your in-office performance as well. Multiple studies show that exercise can boost many aspects of our internal wiring that actually enable better focus and performance.
To discuss all the reasons that exercise is so important to our focus at work, I chatted with two experts. Clint Fuqua is a fitness trainer, health coach, speaker and author who has seen first hand just how important staying active can be. Danielle Girdano, trainer and President of D’fine Sculpting & Nutrition LLC also had helpful information on the relationship between exercise and focus at the job.
Both trainers agree that physical exercise goes hand in hand with mental exercise. You need one for the other and these eight examples of how exercise improves your focus at work prove how.
It gets your brain active.
“Physical exercise is just mental exercise expressed with the body in motion,” explains Fuqua. “Your brain is at it's most active when engaged with hand eye coordination and balance drills while having to communicate to other individuals.”
It increases learning ability.
With an active brain, your focus can dramatically improve. Fuqua continues, “this both builds new neural patterns by increasing neuroplasticity for increased learning ability and connects the frontal cortex with the medulla for increased communication skills and focus while under stress or pressure to perform.”