Why a Midday Workout Makes You More Productive

New research shows that taking a break to break a sweat will actually help you get more done

Written by Kristene Quan

According to research from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK, exercising during regular office hours may boost your work performance. The study’s authors examined the influence of exercise during business hours among workers who had access to a company gym.

The study included over 200 employees at a variety of companies, and had participants self-report their performance on a daily basis. The researchers then examined fluctuations within individual workers, comparing their output on days when they exercised to days when they didn’t.

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The study’s authors found that on days when participants hit the gym, they reported managing their time more effectively, being more productive, and having more cheerful interactions with colleagues. In other words: Don’t feel guilty for heading out to that afternoon spin class: you’ll see productivity benefits at work—and less of a bum print in your chair.

Read: Yes, You Do Have Time to Exercise

This article originally appeared at CanadianBusiness.com.

What do you do to incorporate fitness into your schedule? Would you feel bad about taking a break to break a sweat midday? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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