Here are five ways science says that getting fit could pump up your career:
Pump up productivity. Taking a break to break a sweat will help you get more work done in the long run. British researchers found those who spent 30 to 60 minutes exercising at lunch reported a 15 percent performance spike on average, with 60 percent saying their time management skills, mental performance and ability to meet deadlines all improved on the days when they exercised.
Work out of brain fog. Exercising twice a week may improve thinking ability and memory in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the American Academy of Neurology reported in its latest guideline. About 2.4 million Americans have MCI, and MCI becomes more common as you age, with 5.7 million Americans expected to be grappling with it by 2060.
Boost your mood. Gallup reports that two-thirds of workers report feeling disengaged at work, and 56 percent of employees said that stress makes their workplace performance suffer. Doing high-intensity interval training releases feel-good endorphins in the brain that decrease pain and stress.
Increase your confidence. You’re feeling healthier, looking better, thinking more clearly and getting more done at work – so it’s not surprising that exercise lifts your self-esteem, too.
Take fewer sick days. The health benefits from exercise include a stronger immune system and decreased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and many forms of cancer, so you’re less likely to miss work for health reasons.