Everyone knows exercise can improve health. It can help us manage our weight, stay in shape, and maintain healthy hearts, lungs, and other essential organs. But did you know that it can also improve productivity? If you exercise regularly, you probably already understand this. You’ve likely already experienced how a good workout can improve alertness, energy, and overall productivity.

As a fitness center devoted to helping people achieve their optimal well-being, we at Willow Bend Fitness certainly understand this. This is, in fact, one (of the many) reasons we opened our upscale gym. We want to help our community achieve better health and all around better lives. In today’s blog, we are going to look at some of the specific ways in which exercising can increase productivity.

Boosts Alertness and Energy

When you exercise, more blood flows to your brain. This increase in blood flow can help sharpen your awareness and make you more inclined to tackle a big task. On top of the blood flow, exercise also stimulates the development of new mitochondria within your cells—mitochondria are considered to be the cell’s “power plant”, the source for the chemical that your body uses as energy. Having this bonus energy will not only make you feel more awake, but it will also keep you at the top of your game. If you are unable to fit a full gym workout into your day, be sure to incorporate a small fitness activity, like going for a walk during lunch or opting for the stairs over the elevator.

Improves Mental and Physical Health

Being in your best physical shape enhances your overall ability to work. The combination of having energy and better stamina better prepares you to excel at your job. Not only does exercise help you achieve better physical health, but it also improves mental health. There is a vast wealth of research that suggests that exercising and taking regular trips to the gym can curb feelings of anxiety and depression. This is, in part, because when you exercise your brain releases serotonin—a neurotransmitter that sends messages to the brain to stimulate mood and emotion. Triggering this feeling often can help improve your ability to handle stress, develop relationships, and produce an all-around better attitude toward work.

Keeps You Healthy

Regular exercise, like working out, running, walking, and aerobics (all of which are things you can do at Plano’s top upscale fitness), can help reduce your risk of developing certain types of diseases—type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, etc. Lowering your risk of becoming ill, means you have less sick days and more days to be productive. Additionally, some research suggests that as you age, the neurogenesis process slows down—meaning, your body generates fewer brain cells the older you get. However, studies also suggest that regular exercise and physical activity has the ability to prevent this slowdown.

But How Do I Make Time For Working Out?

Even though we are all aware of the benefits of regularly working out, not all of us put this understanding into practice. There is a myriad of reasons why we do this, and for most of us, many of these reasons cave upon closer inspection. If you want to experience the many benefits of working out, including a boost in productivity, there are a number of things you can do, like designating certain days as workout days, getting a gym membership, or hiring a personal trainer. Having these things in place can make fitness a normal part of your routine.

You don’t need to go out and buy expensive equipment to get into an exercise routine. Contact the WIllow Bend Fitness Club to become a member of our modern, state-of-the-art fitness center! Learn more about Plano’s only upscale fitness facility.