Active employees in sedentary jobs generally get more blood flowing through the old gray matter than those who don’t exercise. With the extra oxygen provided by their active lifestyle, these workers tend to be more productive and get more satisfaction from their work.
This notion has been around for a while, of course.
Myth No. 1: Employees don’t need exercise in order for their brains to work well
Fact: A 10- to 40-minute burst of exercise leads to an immediate boost in concentration and mental focus.
Fact: As little as 12 weeks of exercise can double the amount of blood going to the regions of your brain responsible for cognitive functions.
Myth No. 2: Exercise only has a short-term impact on the brain
Fact: Students in the top 5 percent of fitness rankings scored 36 percentile points higher than those in the bottom 5 percent of fitness rankings.
Fact: In a quarter-century study of 1.2 million men, researchers found a correlation between their fitness in their teen years to cognitive abilities later in life.
Myth No. 3: Employees should stay at their desks to be productive
Fact: Employees who exercise during the workday are 23 percent more productive on those days than on days when they don’t exercise during the workday.
Fact: Walking on a treadmill for 20 minutes can reduce employee anxiety, and the effect lasts for several hours.
Myth No. 4: Exercise doesn’t impact earning potential
Fact: Regular exercise can lead to a 6 percent to 10 percent wage increase.
Fact: Health habits drives leaders. 85 percent of CEOs included exercise in their daily routines.