I say this to people all the time: If you’re having a hard time in the workplace—if you feel like you’re stagnant, struggling, or banging your head against a wall—the answer isn’t to hunker down for long hours in the office. The answer is to get out of the office and to get moving.
The answer is to get active.
It doesn’t matter how you do that, exactly. Me, I like to go out in the mornings and spend some time rollerblading. Maybe your thing is jogging, walking, yoga, or weightlifting.
Whenever and however you do it, getting active is good for you—and not just in terms of your physical health. It’s good for your professional health, too. In fact, it may be the answer you’ve been looking for—a way for you to unlock your full measure of creativity, energy, and resilience.
You may be surprised by some of the professional benefits of regular physical activity. Let me share just five of them with you.
- Regular exercise will help you beat stress. I’ve written before about the high cost of workplace burnout, which leads to diminished creativity and productivity. Well, burnout is a result of stress—and if you want to deal with your stress effectively, the best thing you can do is start working out.
- Working out can help you tap into your full creative reserves, too. Often, the best way to devise a solution to a problem is to take your mind off it and just let your mind wander. After all, don’t a lot of people say they do their best thinking in the shower? Well, if you disengage your mind and do something physical for a while, you may be amazed at the fresh ideas and new perspectives that come flooding to you.
- Getting more exercise during the day will also help you get more sleep during the night—meaning better cognitive functioning and more overall energy during the day.
- Speaking of which, exercise is the best way to unleash energy within your body—energy you can carry with you throughout your day. (That’s why I recommend working out in the mornings as opposed to the tail end of your day, if at all possible.)
- Finally, working out will give you a greater incentive to turn over other healthy habits—like sound nutrition—which will only increase your energy, clarity, and physical wellbeing.
Get out there and get active today—and see how your working life benefits.
Dr. Rick Goodman CSP is a thought leader in the world of leadership and is one of the most sought after conference keynote speakers on leadership, engagement and business growth in the United States and internationally.
He is also the author of the book Living A Championship Life, “A Game Plan for Success,” and the co-author of the book Jamie’s Journey: Travels with My Dad written by his sixteen-year-old daughter Jamie.
Dr. Rick is famous for helping organizations, corporations and individuals with systems and strategies that produce increased profits and productivity without having the challenges of micromanaging the process. Some of Dr. Rick’s clients include Heineken, AT&T, Boeing, Cavium Networks, IBM, Hewlett Packard and Franklin Templeton Investments.
You can contact Dr. Rick at www.rickgoodman.com or call 888-267-6098.