Does a healthy lifestyle improve productivity?
In a study conducted by a researcher at Brigham University in the United States, it was reported that people who live an unhealthy lifestyle, including unhealthy diets, were 66% more likely to report productivity loss than those who lived by a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is also said to release endorphins which can have positive psychological effects, such as a ‘euphoric high’. But what is it that leads to a productivity boost? MaxiMuscle investigate:
Of course, the physical benefits of a healthy lifestyle are clear – and easy to highlight because you can see them! Following a clean eating diet and a strict workout regime will keep you in shape, and help your body work towards a healthy, toned and defined body.
Diet is important! When losing weight and toning up, many professionals tell you that the results you see come from 80% diet and 20% exercise. Count your calories, and stick to the main macronutrients of carbohydrates, protein and essential fats. Carbohydrates are our main source of energy, and without energy, our productivity is limited. Protein also provides the body with energy, but is also the building blocks of muscle, bone, skin and blood. Protein is what helps your muscles repair following a workout. Dietary fats are required to provide the body energy and support cell growth – it is important to eat the right fats – too much fatty foods will result in weight gain.
Exercising is different to dieting. The physical benefits of exercising are apparent during exercise and after. The more you exercise, the better your fitness levels become — meaning you can exercise for longer. Following exercise, you might begin to see the results of hitting your fitness goals with defined muscles, six packs and toned booties. However, exercising, whilst it can release endorphins, also burns calories and takes up a lot of energy so it is vital that you fuel for a workout so that your performance and productivity is not limited. Many gym goers have protein powder or shakes before a workout for an added energy boost.
The majority of people who exercise and eat well only consider the physical benefits behind it – as discussed, the toned physique and controlled bodyweight, but there are many emotional benefits that come with a healthy lifestyle too. Many people have reported that exercise helps to reduce stress improve sleep, boost self-esteem and ward off depression and anxiety. This could be down to a release of endorphins during exercise. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain, whilst triggering a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
Endorphins can help bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being. But how does this effect productivity? Your frame of mind significantly effects how productive you are. Researchers from the Penn State University found in their study that the more physically active people reported greater general feelings of excitement and enthusiasm, compared with the less physically active people. Further research by the Harvard Business Review revealed that feeling calm, happy and energised were the main three influential feelings that drove the greatest levels of performance – showing a clear link between frame of mind and productivity.
So, if exercise and a healthy eating promote a release of endorphins and provide your body with more energy, which is turn prompts a euphoric and positive feeling in the body, then surely the positive effects of a healthy lifestyle can be linked to productivity.