Sure, we all know that eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise are the keys to being fit and healthy. Everyone can easily see how getting regular exercise could benefit your overall health but few of us draw that thought process out to include the effect of exercise on your career.
In short, getting more exercise can help you to be a better employee and handle the rigors of your work life better.
If that sounds like a stretch, consider this. How many times have you found yourself struggling to make it through the workday, fighting off fatigue, and trying to stay awake during late afternoon meetings?
Or perhaps your boss has been critical of your work, saying that you’re not contributing as much as you could? Or maybe you’re just spending more and more time each day dreading every moment you spend behind your desk?
They’re all regular occurrences and if you’re like most people, you have probably never considered that exercising more could improve these conditions. If so, you’d be surprised to find out just how much one phase of your life influences the other.
You’re probably aware of how you bring the problems of the work home with you and how that built up stress can spill over into your life outside of work.
So why wouldn’t it work in reverse?
It seems perfectly reasonable to consider that what you do outside of work can influence your ability to perform on the job. When you think of it that way, then it becomes easier to see how getting more exercise could benefit your career.
One of the biggest problems most people have on the job is an elevated level of stress. You’re rushing to meet deadlines, produce results, and move your way up the corporate ladder and that can take a toll on you, both physically and psychologically. Well, one of the best ways to reduce built-up stress is with some source of physical releases, such as exercise.
Getting your mind off the daily grind and getting your body moving can have a remarkable effect on your ability to do your job.
Studies show that workers who exercise regularly are in a better frame of mind when it comes to work and have extra energy, which they can then put into their job.
That increase in energy can also help to combat the fatigue that can come along with working in a highly competitive job market. These days, with jobs harder to come by, there can be an increased need to excel at your job and that can cause you to push yourself harder, working longer hours and perhaps not getting as much sleep as your body needs.
While it would seem logical to assume that participating in physical activity would make you more tired, it’s been proven to help increase energy and combat feelings of fatigue.
Along with improving your performance, since getting proper exercise can help you to maintain good overall health, it can also improve your job performance by decreasing your absences from work.
The less time you have to spend out sick, the more time you can be in the workplace being a productive employee and potentially be advancing your career.
And studies show that overweight employees tend to spend more time out sick, so doing anything you can to shed extra pounds can help you to not only feel better but also be more productive at work.
And while we’re talking about the benefits of exercising for your career, let’s not forget the psychological as well as the physical. Individuals who exercise regularly can have an increased sense of self-worth from the satisfaction of having done something to help themselves stay healthy.
That self-worth can spill over into job performance, helping you to approach your everyday job responsibilities with a whole new, positive attitude that translates into more productivity.
And as you relieve the built-up stress you may be facing, you’re also likely to feel better about yourself and come at every aspect of your life, including your job, with a renewed sense of energy and spirit.
It’s not surprising, then, that more productive workers are likely to feel better and have increased job satisfaction.
This is likely to be noted by your superiors, who are more likely to reward you for doing a good job and contributing to the workplace.
Again, this can potentially lead to promotions or other perks that can spell increased opportunities for career advancement. If you’re beginning to see a distinct trend, it’s for good reason. This isn’t just a mirage; exercise really can have a major positive influence on your life and your career.
Of course, nobody can guarantee that exercising regularly will help you to get job promotions or be praised by your boss but there is a definite correlation between the increased level of physical activity and improved job performance.
And that improvement can even help if you are on the search for a job, as your improved physical condition leads to increased self-confidence which you can carry into job interviews with you to impress potential employers.
Now all of this doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours on end in the gym every day to reap the benefits of exercise. When it comes to exercise more is not always better. Any amount can help; the important thing is to be consistent.
Exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day may be all you need to do, as long you as do it several times a week. And you don’t have to hit the heavyweights either; jogging, cycling or just walking on a treadmill can be just as effective as doing heavy cardio exercise.
It’s all about getting your body moving regularly so that you can reap both the physical and mental rewards for improved health.
Don’t assume that exercise is just about making your body healthier.
It could just help to give your career a boost at the same time, so it’s well worth considering if you’ve been trying to figure out how to do better in the workplace.