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.

Lately, some folks have been trying to hone in on how to optimize this phenomenon. For example, researchers at the University of Minnesota studied workers at a Minneapolis company who use treadmills while working, and found they become more productive as they mastered walking and working simultaneously.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.