The misconception about exercise and burning calories is that you have to run a half marathon, swim the English Channel or cycle across the country to achieve your goal. This is simply not the case. Moderate exercise can have significant lifestyle benefits and is actually the best form of exercise for burning fat!
Recent research from Bristol University looked at how people felt on days that they exercised moderately, compared to days when they didn’t exercise at all, and found that people who are active tend to be more productive and have a better work life balance
The difference exercise can make workplace health
The Bristol research found that, on days when people exercised, there were marked differences in attitudes and behaviour that would have a significant impact on productivity at work.
On questionnaire ratings, following moderate exercise:
• 79% said mental and interpersonal performance was better
• 74% said they managed their workload better
• 72% reported improvements in time management
• 41% were rated more motivated to work
• 21% were rated able to deal with stress
• 21% scored higher for concentration
• 22% scored higher for finishing work on time!
What is moderate exercise?
Moderate intensity exercise includes physical activities such as:
• Brisk walking
• Cycling on the level
• Water aerobics
• Doubles tennis
• Pushing a lawn mower
As a rule of thumb, for an activity to be described as moderate intensity it should make you feel warmer, your breathing should be harder and your heart should beat faster; but you should still be able to carry on a conversation.
Improving workplace health
Paying more attention to the physical health and fundamental needs of staff and encouraging them to make lifestyle changes such as becoming more active at work and home can make a big difference to general health in the workplace. As this Bristol research found, if your employees are looking after themselves well, they are more likely to meet targets and less likely to take time off due to stress and anxiety.