Exercise Boosts Work Productivity

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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Good article. Report
I agree with this article. When I exercise, I feel like I've accomplished something more personal and so working then becomes more meaningful. Report
I thoroughly enjoy morning workouts one & done. Report
Thank You for a great article. Report
It's an overall win-win situation, SparkFriends! The better you are and the better you feel, the better you are to produce will less sick days and such. We are better when we do better. Report
My boss just started giving us the opportunity to take a 20-minute walk once a day. I'm eagerly looking forward to having the workload decrease to the point where I feel able to take advantage of it! Report
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I work at a large plant. My coworkers and I like to walk the floor after lunch, helps fight of the after lunch sleepies. Report
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I get out and walk on my morning break. It really does make me more productive & happier! Report
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! Report
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. Report


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Leanne Beattie
Leanne Beattie
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