When you work from home in your home based business, you can easily find yourself desk-bound. After all, you want to use every bit of your time to take advantage of money-making opportunities. Getting active has proved to actually boosts productivity, helping one to make even more money.
That’s because exercise builds mental muscle that you can harness to help you work smarter instead of harder. The Harvard Business Review cites studies showing that exercise:
• Improves your concentration
• Improves your memory
• Enables you to learn faster
• Boosts your mental stamina
• Enhances your creativity
• Reduces your stress
The Facts You Need to Know
Why on earth would exercise make your brain work more efficiently? After all, just how mentally stimulating can a workout be?
1. More Oxygen to Your Brain
Exercise increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, and therefore the amount of oxygen that goes to your brain. The result? Faster processing speed and improved alertness!
2. Build and Preserve Neurons
Have you heard of ‘neuroplasticity’? Your brain can actually improve itself thanks to good blood flow. Harvard professor Dr. John Ratey says that this has both short and long-term benefits. You can concentrate better for several hours after exercise, over time, you could stave off Alzheimer’s’ Disease.
3. Get The Benefits of Feel-Good Hormones
Endorphins and Serotonin don’t just help you to feel less stressed-out; they also improve your ability to focus because they help your brain to filter out distractions. These hormones are responsible for the ‘runners’ high’ you may of heard of before, and when people feel good, they tend to get more done.
4. Remembering Things On the Run
An article in Forbes cites research in which students had to memorize information. One group of students worked out straight afterwards while the other group remained sedentary. Guess who remembered the information more accurately?
How to Get Your Workout Working For You
• Have a routine and stick to it without compromise. It will become second nature after a few weeks.
• Exercise in the morning – just like Barak Obama, Richard Branson and a host of other successful people.
• Get moving again at lunchtime with a brisk walk to boost you through the afternoon.
• Cardio is king! Get your heart pumping for an optimal productivity boost.
You’ll Be Healthier Too
Being ill means that you lose productivity, even if you try to “keep on keeping on”. Exercise boosts your immune system and keeps you at a healthy weight (or gets you there). The question is not whether you can afford to take time to exercise – it’s whether you can afford NOT to!
Think of your brain as a mega-train station with trains of thought dashing along your neural railway lines. Those railway lines have to be maintained to keep your thought trains running smoothly, and your exercise routine gets your brain maintenance team working flat out to achieve just that.
So forget about flopping into your chair first thing in the morning. Your home business will be even more successful if you start the day out in your gym clothes with a good, strenuous workout!
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