Whether you are an entrepreneur, passionate blogger, or employee, your level of exercise can have a profound impact on your job performance, and in turn your salary.
Another study from the Journal of Labor Research found that people who exercise earn about 9% more than those who don't. While it's hard to determine whether exercise causes a pay raise, or if those who are hard working and disciplined (and therefore land the higher paying jobs) are more likely to exercise. Either way, exercise is a good investment in your mental health.
Other mental benefits include sustained mental endurance, better time management and a higher level of concentration. Studies have even shown that working out during regular work hours improves job performance.
1. Find something that resonates with you. There is no 'one size fits all' approach. It has to be something you enjoy doing. The calorie-burning benefits from running 60 minutes on a treadmill are negated by that fact that you may never actually do it.
2. Break up your workday. Just like high intensity exercise, you cannot 'focus' at work for long periods at time. Take one or two short breaks each hour to move your body and bring oxygen to your muscles and your mind. Perhaps you can go for a short walk, do a few air squats or stretches at your desk. The physical activity will help you focus again.
3. Nourish your mind with good food. High sugar and starchy meals, or simply eating too much is a sure way to get 'brain fog'. Opt for protein and fibre rich meals, such as veggies and meat, or fruit and nuts, to keep your energy stable and your mind clear.
Whether you are a student, crossword-enthusiast, employee or if you run your own business, you can enjoy the mental benefits from exercise. Take breaks during your work day to get your body moving to be more productive, creative, and focused!