We know exercise is good for us, but do we know how good? For most, the aim of hopping on a bike or treadmill is to improve overall health and lose some weight. And while exercise can certainly help people gain muscle and help prevent a countless list of diseases, recent studies (such as this study and this study) suggest that the benefits of exercise are not just physical, but also cognitive. That is, exercise not only impacts how we look and feel but also how we think. Some cognitive benefits to consider include:
Given these benefits, it might be time to start thinking of working out as another aspect of work – that is, not just as a personal choice that cuts into time otherwise spent at the office, but as something that directly contributes to overall professional success.