There are a lot of things you can do to increase your productivity throughout the day. You can put your phone on airplane mode, wear noise-canceling headphones, and mute any and all notifications. Oh, and you can work out.
A consistent workout routine can help you get stuff done. And here are a few ways that your workouts increase productivity:
1. Focus and Mental Alertness
One way your workouts increase productivity is by upping your focus and mental alertness. Physical activity increases blood flow to your working muscles, as well as to your brain. The result is less fogginess and more mental clarity making it easier to focus and stay alert.
2. Energy Levels
Your workouts can help you stay more alert while also boosting your energy levels. After a workout, your body releases endorphins. These feel-good chemicals ramp your energy back up, elevating your mood and productivity.
3. New Ideas
When you’re stuck on a problem or task, sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away from the project for a while. During a workout, your brain can get some mental space to work through ideas. In fact, some people do their best brainstorming during a workout.
Scheduling your workouts adds some structure to your day. And structure and routine promote more productivity. Rather than pushing things off, a daily schedule that you stick to helps you get more accomplished (including a workout) throughout your day.
5. Stress Relief
Managing stress while trying to stay productive is challenging. But taking time away from your work to work out can help reduce some of your stress. Experiencing less stress can then help you be more productive for the rest of the day.