How More Hours In The Gym Can Improve Your Work

With studies showing healthy employees are up to three times more productive than their unhealthy colleagues, it seems the first step towards attaining that much coveted work-life balance is improved physical and mental wellbeing.

Fit employees are happier at work, report increased motivation and feel more confident in their abilities. So, what makes a healthy employee? And how do you become one?

  • Diet: From vending machines to Friday treats, modern offices are brimming with sugar-coated temptation. In order to avoid a mid-morning binge, prepare a healthy lunch and snacks before coming to work. Include brain foods like oily fish and nuts to help boost concentration and wholegrain products such as brown rice and cereals to ensure a steady stream of energy throughout the day.

  • Activity: When the pressure’s on, it can be tempting to work through lunch. But studies show those who exercise on their breaks have more effective afternoons. Whether it’s joining the nearest gym, playing football with a colleague or going outside for a walk, physical activity helps relieve stress, boost energy and improve mental focus.

  • Sleep: While it may be a bit taboo, napping at work is now being encouraged by forward-thinking employers. In addition to boosting your mood, sleep aids concentration, learning and memory, all of which are essential for a productive day’s work. If your office doesn’t have a relaxation room, try find a quiet corner where you can reap the rewards of an afternoon snooze.

  • Stress: In the modern workplace, a certain level of stress is unavoidable and, when managed correctly, can even be a good thing. However, too much stress can have a profound impact on an individual’s physical and mental health. Practising mindfulness, yoga and deep breathing helps reduce stress, stimulates creativity and enhances overall productivity.

  • Mental Health: Ill managed psychological conditions like anxiety and depression can have a detrimental effect on a person’s ability to work. Employers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of mental health. If you are struggling, let your manager know so they can help you access the resources you require.