Why Working Out Increases Your Productivity
Many busy people struggle with sticking to a consistent workout routine. There just seems to be not enough time.
And it really seems to make sense to finish all the upcoming tasks before working out – but it doesn't: working out is unbelievably beneficial for anyone to get their stuff done more efficiently. The people that are working out - although they’re busy - actually get even more done than those that don’t. It is a time investment that pays you more time afterwards - in many ways…
First, I don’t want to say that you need to have a gym membership or any experience in strength training or something.
But everyone can go on a run or do some push-ups. Just do what lies in your abilities and opportunities.
Every form of physical exercise – if done properly – has huge benefits on your use of time. But I’ll come to that in a second.
First, the most common complaint against working out is of course: “I have no time”.
While of course busy people have most of their time planned into a certain activity, blocking some time for working out should really be considered.
The remarkable benefits of activity are laid out later, let’s first look at the fact that activity is a really minor time investment.
Think about this: An hour is only around 4% of your day! Now answer this question for yourself honestly: Are you not able to free 4% of your day or are you not willing?
As the common phrase goes, “Where is a will, there is a way”. And as Jim Rohn says: “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t you’ll find an excuse”. This article shall help you develop a stronger will to do it.
Most of the time, you can always free up those 4% of your day. You only need a good prioritization strategy. Take the time, schedule it and prioritize it.
You of course don’t need to work out every day, for most people two or three times a week is great.
In many cases, you don’t even need to free up 4%. Going on a run for 20 minutes is often enough. Hopefully you see it now, this is a really low time investment.
Types of exercise
As most people know, there are of course two main ways of exercise: strength training and cardiovascular training. There also exist some variations and mixed forms.
But since the benefits of all those ways are similar, we won’t go too deep into a separated specification.
In fact, I would recommend to practice both, but as I said: do what fits your abilities. Let’s just look at the benefits physical activity has for you and finally your effectiveness.
Benefits of activity
Activity improves your overall circulatory system. This means you have more and better blood supply.
Blood is the transportation medium of oxygen, one of the most important energy suppliers of our body. Without oxygen, we’d be dead.
Exercise also leads up to a 50% better blood circulation in the brain. As you know, the brain does all of your thinking work and determines your state of consciousness, alertness and concentration.
Do you already see the point?
- Activity leads to more and better blood supply
- More and better blood supply leads to more and better oxygen supply
- More and better oxygen supply leads to more physical energy and concentration
- More energy and concentration leads to faster and more effective work
- Faster and more effective work leads to more work done in less time
- More work done in less time means more time left for other things
Hope you see how greatly exercise affects your time. I could end with this but there are even many more ways how exercise gives you more time afterwards.
Physical exercise is also great for your lipid and glucose metabolism. This means that your body makes better and more efficient use of those nutrients.
As an effect, you also have higher and more constant energy levels from your food that you take in. So again: better metabolism, more energy, more results.
Additionally, as an effect of physical exercise, your muscle cells gain new mitochondria.
Mitochondria are little cell organelles – parts of your cells. They are one of the things that create energy in your body.
Think of them like little power plants. The more power plants you have, the more energy your body generates. I think I don’t have to repeat the benefit of this again.
Working out has of course also many other positive effects on your health. Those do not always directly affect your use of time, therefore I’ll just briefly mention them.
Since health is the most important thing a human has, they are still important of course. Those benefits include:
- Better hormone profiles
- Prevention of osteoporosis
- Better body shape (duh!)
- Prevention of strength losses in old age
I hope you now see the tremendous benefits of physical exercise. Not only your health will thank you, but also your time.
You don’t have to invest much time into physical activity but since you’re getting more energetic, you will finally have more time left than before.
Imagine days where you are in the evenings as energetic as in the mornings. And whenever you need to be present, concentrated and vibrant – you can be.
So no matter how busy you are, physical exercise is a must.
Therefore, your action plan is now: Start right now with implementing these suggestions. Ideally, do some strength training and some cardio once in a while. But again, do what’s in your abilities.
About the Author
Maurice Leibinn is the creator of Productive Energy Management – a method that helps people get a maximum amount of results in a minimum of time while sustaining their energy and avoiding any kind of overwhelm.
He is a productivity Coach serving serving overworked entrepreneurs and professionals. Read more...
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