What better way to spend your break than to workout?
We get it, it's tough working out rather than spending your break eating lunch, resting, hanging out, chatting with your co-workers, etc.
There's also a bit of a stigma with working out; you're either known as a fitness weirdo, or you're a slacker, working out just to take time away from the workplace.
It's understandable; trying to schedule time to exercise is a tough task, considering the fact you're attempting to squeeze that into the same hour you're trying to eat, finish overdue work, take a shower after your workout, etc.
But, if you're getting your work done, and transparent with your boss, managers, and co-workers, there shouldn't be much of an issue, especially if they support your drive to improve your mental and physical health.
There are plenty of important benefits to working out during your break!
1. Release some of the stress
Working out can help tame those stress hormones, while filling your system with endorphins and increasing the good brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. While your body is going through some physical stress (good physical stress!), it is very mentally relaxing. This will help when the big deadline is around the corner, the office mood is down, or if your co-workers are getting on your nerves.
2. Improve focus and concentration
Exercise will help you focus and enhance your memory and information retention, while giving you a creative boost.
So, if you're in the middle of a writer's block, can't think about how to solve a problem, or maybe you're lacking artistic inspiration, a workout my do the trick to help you bounce back into the groove.
3. Energy boost
While you might be fatigued or sleepy during the work day, exercise can actually reverse your lack of energy.
Exercise creates blood flow and pressure everywhere in the body, including the brain. More bloog flow means more energy and oxygen, improving both physical performance and brain power.
4. Workout, confidence in
Confidence is a roller coaster ride of good days and bad days; sometimes we wake up feeling like the world is in our hands, and some days, we struggle to feel like we have a place in the world.
Exercising and working out releases feel-good chemicals when we see, feel, and show the improvement made by consistent, dedicated hard work and training.
Working out itself is a tough thing to get up and do, no matter the amount of exercising you do in a session. Doing it consistently is another win. However, the real victory is seeing and feeling the physical progress. Whether you're bulking up, trying to lose weight, improve performance, or fit into those jeans from 2 years ago, progressing and reaching a goal is an achievement that no one else could've accomplished for you, but yourself!
5. Strengthen your immune system
Staying consistent with a workout routine can protect you from getting sick. Exercising boosts your immune system, keeping it in good shape.
By improving your cardiovascular and respiratory health through cardio exercises, high-intensity interval training, weightlifting, stretching, etc. your body will develop the ability to combat many natural illnesses.