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How Movement Enhances your Productivity and Happiness

It’s no secret that movement is good for you. After all, the human body is meant to move. And yet, in our increasingly sedentary lives, it can be easy to forget this simple truth. But what if we told you that moving more and being more active could actually make you happier and more productive in life and at work?

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.

— Carol Welch

Studies have shown that exercise helps to increase focus, reduce mental fatigue, improve memory recall, and stimulate creativity. In other words, regular exercise can make you better at processing complex information quickly and accurately—which is very useful when you’re trying to tackle a big project or make important decisions. When we engage in regular physical activity, we start to release happiness hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, this then helps to reduce anxiety and depression and especially stress related emotions. If just taking part in one type of movement a day can improve your general working day then why don’t we do it more often…

But, not only does movement and exercise help with the day-to-day, there are so many other benefits such as:

·        More focus on tasks

·        A better night sleep!

·        An improved mind, feeling less anxious and more relaxed

·        More motivation for both work and life

·        Higher productivity levels

AND MORE

Higher productivity levels as well as increased efficiency (think faster workflows!) and generally a feeling of all round goodness… What more could you want for your team?

So… as a Manager how can you promote moving more in your workplace?

We know it can be hard to find the time or motivation to move when you’re busy running a business or the team are working away.

But there are some easy ways around this!

Even small things like taking regular breaks throughout the day or standing while you make phone calls can help get your body moving without taking up too much time away from work obligations. Another tip is to set aside an hour each day (either early morning or late evening, whenever works best for you) just for physical activity—whether that be going for a walk outside, doing yoga at home/at work, or even signing up for a fitness class—anything that gets your body moving will do!

As you can see, making small changes towards incorporating more movement into your daily routine can pay off big-time—in terms of both productivity AND happiness.

Here at Limelight, we have been doing our own lunchtime Yoga class with Jess, our Yoga instructor & Health & Wellbeing Consultant, for six months, and it has made a huge difference to our overall wellbeing in the team and in the office.

Overall, movement can improve your personal life as well as your professional pursuits! So get out there today and get moving! You won’t regret it! If you need any help or support on how to do this contact [email protected] for more information as to how she can help you are your team this month and going forward.