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Benefits of Exercise – Except from the Harvard Business Review

We think you’ll love this excerpt from the Harvard Business Review discussing the benefits of exercise…
“When we think about the value of exercise, we tend to focus on the physical benefits, lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, a more attractive physique. But over the past decade, social scientists have quietly amassed compelling evidence suggesting that there is another, more immediate benefit of regular exercise: its impact on the way we think.

Studies indicate that our mental firepower is directly linked to our physical regimen. And nowhere are the implications more relevant than to our performance at work. Consider the following cognitive benefits, all of which you can expect as a result of incorporating regular exercise into your routine:

– Improved concentration
– Sharper memory
– Faster learning
– Prolonged mental stamina
– Enhanced creativity
– Lower stress

Exercise has also been show to elevate mood, which has serious implications for workplace performance. I’m willing to bet that your job requires you to build interpersonal connections and foster collaborations. Within this context, feeling irritable is no longer simply an inconvenience. It can directly influence the degree to which you are successful.”

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