There are multiple benefits to working out on your work days. Studies in recent years have shown that individuals who exercise are more productive than those who don't. Many CEO's start their working day by exercising, and here are three reasons why you should to.

A Noticeable Boost in Energy

For many people, exercising during early mornings and the first hours of work is the last thing they want to do. Why? They simply don't have the energy. It sounds counterintuitive but exercising during these periods can give you the energy boost you need. How? Exercise enhances your body’s ability to transfer glucose and oxygen to your brain and body, thus increasing your energy level when you need it most. Your energy level is the foundation that determines how much you can get done in the day, so get exercising if you want your next work project to succeed. 

Maintained Focus and Alertness 

Exercise increases blood to the brain, which results in an increase of your awareness. A study by Jim McKenna from the University of Bristol showed that after exercising, work performance was consistently higher. If you are someone who is often faced with the 2pm slump at work, then it may be beneficial to start exercising to ensure your focus and alertness does not decrease. 

Increased Brain Function 

Your brain is your primary tool at work. If your brain is not working to its maximum capacity, then neither are you. This is why you need it to be sharp. According to John Medina, author of Brain Rules, people who are physically active score better on cognitive tests than people living an inactive lifestyle. When your brain is performing at full capacity, you can focus, concentrate, and make better decisions, all essential if you are going to be more effective and efficient at work.

According to the New York Times, exercising for as little as 13 minutes can help to keep us young - that's less than 1% of your day!