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Can exercise improve job performance?

September 9, 2014

Exercising on commercial workout equipment and being productive at the office may not seem like they’re related, but your physical activity level can actually have an impact on how well you perform at work. Exercise can mean a productivity boost According to research presented at the American College of Sports Medicine, business professionals who find time to exercise during the day usually feel more productive, and even experience an improvement in time management and overall performance. Just take it from Chris Tuten, who finds the time to exercise for at least 75 minutes in the morning. Tuten is the chief executive officer of Cummins, a corporation that designs and manufactures power generation products, and despite his busy schedule, he always makes room for a workout. Tuten revealed that ever since he started this morning exercise regimen, he has been less stressed when problems present themselves at the office. While running on the treadmill at the gym is certainly a great way to stay fit, there are ways that you can remain active during the workday as well. Even short bursts of movement can be good for refreshing the brain. “A lot of new research on sitting time has told us that we need to do more than just go to the gym for an hour,” Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, kinesiologist at Indiana University’s School of Public Health told Indy Star. “The reality is that people need to move more throughout the day.” Here are a few ways that you can remain active at the office: Take short breaks: Every few hours, get up from your chair and head outside for a short 10- or 15-minute walk. This get your blood circulating, delivering more oxygen to your brain so that you feel refreshed and ready to keep working. Walk during meetings: If you and a coworker have planned an informal meeting, take it outside and get some fresh air in the process. Walking around can actually be more productive than sitting at a conference room table.