How Exercise and Brain Function Work Together

Who would think exercise would boost job performance? Most people don’t associate the two but it has been proven that exercise can lead you to feeling more energized, enhance the ability to concentrate and think creatively, which boosts overall job performance. You will feel better physically and mentally putting you at the top of the game.

Research shows the astounding effect of balanced exercise on brain structure and function. Participating is some form of exercise in the morning before work gets chemicals in your brain moving. These chemicals are responsible for influencing mood, attention, motivation and arousal. So, by performing this prior to work you are likely to feel relaxed, but more alert, and focus better.

Exercise floods the brain with brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) which makes it stronger and healthier, providing the infrastructure it needs to absorb information, process, remember, and use it and be successful on the job.

Your brain is a large muscle and needs to continuously be fed so it doesn’t shrink. Exercise helps with this but having a variety of different activities, such as: running, brisk walking, swimming, or more vigorous like rock-climbing or soccer followed by brain thinking work like reading, reading reports or a tele-seminar will help even more. You see, when you execute exercise blood flow moves away from the critical thinking part of the brain but when finished blood flow is returned to normal. Research shows this is the perfect time to focus on tasks requiring serious brain power.

Many workplaces provide a sedentary environment which can increase illness and inactivity related injuries. You can’t always avoid excessive sitting at work so it is even more important to include exercise in your daily routine. Research was done with assembly-line workers where they stretched for ten minutes twice during day. The results showed significant improvement in joint flexibility, fatigue, depression, and overall mood. A 9 month study of 80 executives who participated in exercise showed a70% improvement in the ability to make complex decisions compared to inactive peers.

There are certain benefits of exercise on the brain When you feel better about yourself, you are happier and more optimistic which can improve your mood on the job. When you stay active in exercise you are taking care of your body and your brain. By doing so, you reduce illness and increase your capacity for learning and sharp thinking. Today’s workforce requires handling multiple responsibilities, heavy workloads, and stress. Those who exercise will be quick thinkers and most likely rise above the rest.