My parents always tell me “you have to get out and exercise, it will help you study to study”. I obviously took any chance that I could to get out of doing my homework, but I wonder how much of what my parents told me as a child is true. I had a hard time trusting in my parent’s’ authority because they would often eat the first bite of my food to see if it was ‘poisonous’, or tell me my teeth would fall out from eating too much candy (they were not necessarily wrong about that one though). Although I did feel like I was more productive after being active for about thirty minutes, I was not sure if I was creating a self-fulfilling prophecy for myself or if there was a scientific reason that I was inclined to be more productive.
It turns out that exercise does improve productivity, and it is pretty effective method of increasing productivity. I found an article that discusses how being active increases “blood flow to the brain, which can help sharpen your awareness and make you more ready to tackle your next big project”. Exercise improves people’s mental health as well as physical health. Finding ways to exercise at least thirty minutes a day can help to keep a person’s mind away from everyday struggles such as stress of school or work, anxiety, depression, etc.
The key component of how exercise can increase one’s productivity is habitually exercising, not just being active for one hour every week. If we have a regular schedule for exercising at least five days of the week, it is proven that you will have more energy throughout the days to follow. There is an article that talks about the ideas of maintaining a strong and efficient mind throughout old age by keeping a modest exercise schedule. Through exercising physically, we are stimulating the senses in our brain to produce ATP’s at a rapid rate (ATP’s are the chemicals mitochondria produce that are used by your body for energy). The benefits of exercising do not have to be gained through constant rigorous workouts. The workout can be something as simple as going for a jog in the park or walking your dog. Looking back on what my parents told me in my youth, their reasons for making me do things were not entirely wrong.