Exercise May Boost Work Productivity by 12% | Fit for Freelance

Exercise May Boost Work Productivity by 12%

​Looking for a simple way to improve your business?

As an entrepreneur, it's easy to see exercise as taking away from work time. It's not always fun, and ​you might miss how it could ever help your business and work productivity. 

But there's much more to the picture. Whether just taking more breaks, standing more often, working with an online personal trainer, or training for a big race, research shows physical activity is good for ​business productivity, and can reduce health care costs in employers of all sizes. Exercise lets you feel great, work better, and enjoy the reasons you work. 

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Imagine getting ​a 12% tip on a project, or finishing an hour sooner in an 8-hour work day

​Improve your work productivity with more exercise!

Physically active ​entrepreneurs are happier and more productive. Check out this virtuous circle:

​Exercise increases neurotransmitters like serotonin

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​Serotonin:

 ​Increases feelings of well-being and happiness

Increases BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), which reduces stress​ and boosts serotonin, ​so you want to exercise more!

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Physical activity ​→ less stress ​→ better, happier mood ​→ more Work productivity ​The Effects of Exercise on the Brain

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A study in the Journal of Labor Economics found that happier workers are 12% more productive. ​Happiness and Productivity

So if you work 8 hours per day: 8 hours x 60 minutes x 12% = 57.6 ​minutes to do more of what you love every day, ​whether that's finishing your work day sooner, or getting more work done. Plus the health benefits!

​However, happiness isn't the biggest factor in your productivity...

Studies show productivity loss linked to absenteeism (missing work) costs employers $1,685 per employee per year. Promoting safe and healthy work practices boosts profitability and productivity among employers of all sizes. Worker Illness Costs

Presenteeism (loss of productivity at work) is even worse, with costs ranging from $555-$5,750 per employee per year. Presenteeism Costs in 28 Studies

Freelancers and entrepreneurs are just as vulnerable to these losses. What's worse, we're fully responsible for the costs. It's basically a self-employment health tax.

​If you're an entrepreneur ready to ​improve your productivity and health so you feel great and work better, this blog is for you!

About the Author

Reggie Wilson is the founder of Fit for Freelance. He's a certified worksite wellness program manager, certified online trainer etc., but he's really just a guy who loves health science and helping people lead their best lives. Read more about him here

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