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How does exercise impact productivity in the workplace?

Alyssa Turner - June 05, 2019

Productivity is something that both employers and employees are constantly striving for. We know that exercise improves our physical health, but what does it do for our mental health and more specifically, our performance and productivity in the workplace?

While busy professionals often find it difficult to fit exercise into their schedule, employers across the globe have recognised its importance and are implementing strategies of their own to increase employee productivity.

For example, Steve Jobs was so passionate about the effectiveness of meditation, that Apple employees are encouraged to take 30-minutes a day to meditate in designated rooms. The global tech giant also offers their employees on-site yoga classes.

As well as offering free fitness classes, Google HQ also provides community bikes for those travelling around the Googleplex, as well as on-site physicians and nurses.

It’s not just large, global organisations that are offering these health and wellness programs, we’re seeing many of our clients include benefits such as flexible working hours, free gym memberships and discounted health insurance, all to encourage employee wellbeing.

Today’s most successful business men and women are a testament to the importance of exercising to increase productivity.

Billionaire, Richard Branson has stated that he doubts he would have ever been as successful if he didn’t take care of his health and wellbeing. The founder of Virgin Group believes waking up at 5am to work out every morning gives him an extra 4 hours of productivity in his day.

Oprah Winfrey makes a habit of taking at least 10,000 steps per day. Vogues’ Editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour wakes up at 5:45am every morning to play tennis and Barack Obama spends 45 minutes, 6 days a week, alternating between cardio and weight training.

Studies have shown that implementing health and wellness strategies has:

  • Created higher employee retention rates;
  • Increased employee energy and positive change in mood;
  • Reduced stress; and
  • Improved sleep quality and therefore reduced fatigue.
  • So, what can you do to increase your productivity?

  • Spend less time sitting down
  • Take a 30-minute walk during your lunch break
  • Try practicing yoga or meditating
  • Whatever you decided to do, make a routine of it, consistency is key!

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