Working out during the workweek can be tricky. If you’re like most normal people, consistently waking up early in the morning isn’t in the cards. And, by the time you leave the office, all you have energy for is opening up a wine bottle and plugging in your computer charger so your Netflix show won’t shut off.
So, what’s a 9-to-5 employee to do? A lunch break workout.
More than just feeling fit and looking fly, working out during the workday means beaucoup benefits for the entire company.
1. Healthier employees are happier employees
Here’s the deal: exercising is good for you. You may be spitting obscenities during your run or power yoga class, but, afterwards, you feel fantastic. That’s because after a workout these little guys called serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine rush your brain like tweens at a One Direction concert. Stress after an intense thirty minutes on the elliptical? LOL. In fact, just four months of consistent exercise is as effective as prescription medicine for lifting spirits and calming nerves.
It doesn’t matter the exercise type, length or intensity– mood boosters are part of the exercising package. And, after your jaunt to the gym, you come back to the office feeling satisfied, focused and ready to take on the rest of your day.
2. More productivity, please
Employees that exercise regularly are more productive than those who don’t. It’s science. A recent study revealed that 6/10 employees that exercised for 30-60 minutes during lunch said they felt a marked improvement of their management skills, mental performance and ability to meet deadlines improved on days when they exercised.
Lunchtime workouts also counteract the dreaded “post-lunch dip”. Who doesn’t want to nap after inhaling a sandwich from Mitchell’s and a couple of Jake’s Bakes cookies? No one I know. Exercise increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, so you’ve got more brainpower on your side for several hours post-workout.
3. It’s fun!
Not much will bring your team together like barreling through a deceptively hard power yoga class at a rooftop yoga studio on Broadway. (Been there, done that, took the pic, see above.) At the Bradford Group, every day folks are carpooling to the gym, taking a few laps on the pedestrian bridge or even doing weight training on the roof.
Lunchtime workouts are a win-win-win-win. You get to be active, boost your mood, increase productivity and, in our case, hang out with some pretty cool co-workers.