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Exercise Boosts Work Productivity

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Exercise during the workday improves job performance, British research has shown. A study by Jim McKenna from the University of Bristol showed that after exercising, participants returned to work more tolerant of themselves and more forgiving of their colleagues. Their work performance was also consistently higher, as shown by better time management and improved mental sharpness.

Researchers expected that midday exercise would enhance mood. But the boosts in productivity surprised them, proving that workplace exercise programs benefit more than just the workers—they give companies more efficient employees who work better together. Health care costs can be expected to go down for employees who exercise regularly at work, resulting in fewer sick days, better attendance and more cooperation between co-workers.

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If your employer offers onsite exercise facilities, start using them as often as you can. If you don’t have a gym at your office, join a local fitness club. See if your employer will help pay your membership fees—many clubs offer discounts to co-workers who join together. At the very least, bring along your walking shoes and take a heart-pumping walk instead of going out for a high-calorie lunch. After all, taking time to exercise could translate into higher pay if your job performance improves as a result.
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    I get out and walk on my morning break. It really does make me more productive & happier! - 3/16/2010 10:17:19 AM
  • KWESELY
    I get out & walk during my lunch hour around my workplace, but this past week-end their was a triple shooting right along my route, so now I'm scared to go that way again! - 9/14/2009 12:18:03 PM
  • I believe it. I always exercise on my lunch break at the company gym and it greatly improves my mood and sets my energy for the rest of the day. If I didn't do it on my lunch break, I would be too tired or stressed to do it by the end of the day. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity! I work for a hospital and every one of our hospitals have fitness facilities on site. - 4/10/2009 10:29:12 PM
  • isn't this why the japanese exercise together in the morning prior to the work day... to build commeraderie and enhance productivity? - 8/9/2008 10:09:30 PM
  • JATROX
    I think it has to do with the body's releasing stress-relieving hormones after physical activity. I have found that I often feel refreshed after a brisk walk and I use this technique many times at work when I have come across some kind of problem-when I come back from a walk, I find that I can look at the issue from a different angle-it really helps! - 6/22/2008 11:52:15 PM
  • Yes, remember when we had RECESS and we all went outside to play? Smart idea.
    Great article. - 4/25/2008 9:54:19 AM
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