You know that parent who uses their kid as an excuse to pet strangers’ dogs? Guilty.
Whether or not you are a dog lover like me, you know that Fido should not be constantly locked up in a kennel and needs 2-3 walks daily. It is important for the dog's well-being to stretch, get fresh air, and explore its surroundings.
Loosen Up Those Chains
Now let’s look at your average entrepreneur. Most of us are chained to a chair all day and do not get sufficient daily movement and fresh air.
It is time to start taking yourself on walks.
Being glued to a desk all day and neglecting to incorporate regular movement negatively impacts your productivity in the office and overall health. Movement helps pump oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the brain, which maximizes your mental performance.
Enhance Your Memory
A recent study conducted by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that walking (and exercise in general) increases the size of your brain’s hippocampus, which consequently improves your memory. Furthermore, research participants who exercised regularly learned faster than their sedentary counterparts.
Amplify Mental Focus
Recent studies are also suggesting that walking in nature versus on a treadmill will amplify your brain’s ability to concentrate. Renowned brain researcher Frances Kuo, PH.D. conducted studies linking a reduction in ADD symptoms with time spent in natural surroundings. Her theory is that being in a natural environment refocuses your brain’s pre-frontal cortex, which is heavily utilized in a typical office setting.
The brain’s ability to retain focus is often diminished when a person fixates on a particular mental task for a prolonged period without a mental and physical hiatus from the cubical. A mid-day walk around the block can help.
Incorporate movement and fresh air into your schedule this week, and watch your productivity and focus increase. Try the following tips:
Take your laptop outside and work in the sunshine. Do 10 pushups or air squats every 30 minutes.
Prior to a phone meeting, lace up your sneakers and walk around your neighborhood during the phone call.
When the weather is nice, go outside to eat your lunch in order to get some fresh air.
- Are you getting low on energy? Grab your phone, find your favorite upbeat tune, and have a 5 minute dance party to get that oxygen pumping to your brain.
Bonus points if you send me your dance video. :) firstname.lastname@example.org
What helps you stay energized during the work day?
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