Aerobic exercise increases the heart rate, which increases blood flow to the brain and enlarges the hippocampus. The hippocampus is at the center of the brain’s memory and learning functions. An increase in volume can lead to better memory and a more robust learning capability. Physical activities boost executive function (higher-level thinking skills). These skills affect our inhibition control, task switching, attention span, and goal management. Specific skills like these are necessary for organizing, planning, and problem-solving strategies.
Exercise increases focus and mental processing speed, enhances cognitive flexibility, strengthens willpower, and sharpens short- and long-term memory. Employees who exercise show an increase in productivity and have a positive outlook.
Thirty minutes of regular exercise three or four days a week is all that’s needed to help build a healthy brain. Recommendations for a daily routine include biking to work, working out at lunch, taking walking breaks rather than coffee breaks, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, parking farther away from entrance or buying an under-desk treadmill to place under a standing desk. Don’t have access to these options? Try simple deskercises! Check out this deskercise video!
We also offers additional deskercises:
- Chest, Neck and Back
- Arms and Shoulders
- Legs and Backside, While Sitting
- Legs and Backside, While Standing
So take a small break to exercise to stay active and alert.