Energy Booster: Studies show that exercise—even a short walk around the building—can be a far better and healthier way to pump up end-of-day energy levels. For example, researchers from the University of Georgia studied a group of sedentary young adults. They were assigned to do low- or moderate-intensity exercise three times per week for 6 weeks. At study completion, they reported a 20% increase in energy levels and a 65% decrease in feelings of fatigue (Puetz, Flowers & O’Connor 2008).
Workplace Happiness: In a study of Israeli workers, researchers looked at physical activity levels and feelings of depression and job burnout over 9 years. They found that job burnout and depression were highest among those who did not exercise. Subjects who achieved the highest levels of physical activity reported the lowest incidences of depression and burnout (Toker & Biron 2012).
Better Brain Power: Research finds that physical activity is a viable alternative for shaking loose those stubborn ideas.In a recent study, researchers wanted to learn about the immediate benefits of exercise on cognitive ability (Hogan, Mata & Carstensen 2013). They studied a group which exercised versus a non- exercising group. Overall, everyone in the exercise group experienced significantly more improvements in mental ability than the non-exercising control group did, the authors stated.
“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” Henry David Thoreau