I find that short walks during the workday are mentally refreshing and help me focus on my work. A short break from the office is also awesome to look forward to, so I try to pencil one into my calendar whenever I can.
Today I came across a fantastic Fast Company article that speaks to the importance of regular activity and its impact on well-being. A key finding it mentioned is that the first 20 minutes of exercise can have a great impact on both happiness and productivity, which are both key ingredients to a successful day at the office.
“The first 20 minutes of moving around, if someone has been really sedentary, provide most of the health benefits. You get prolonged life, reduced disease risk — all of those things come in in the first 20 minutes of being active.”
– New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Reynolds, The First 20 Minutes
FastCompany.com also called out the immediate impact on the brain of getting away from one’s desk for an activity break. Check out the below scans of brain activity reported before and after a 20-minute walk:
Image via FastCompany.com.
Although it’s November and we’re facing chillier temperatures, this information is definitely motivation for me to stay active during the day in the winter.
Do you take walks while you’re work? If not, has this research encouraged you to start?