Week 10: Mind & Body Connection - Body

 
 
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KEY POINTS:

1. To make sure your brain is working at its best, you need to make sure you’re taking care of your body - and that includes being physically active.

2. This week, encourage employees to carve time into their day to exercise - even if it’s a 15-minute walk or light stretching to get their blood flowing.

3. Exercise increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain, improving mental performance. It might seem like you’re taking too much time away from the task but in fact you’ll perform better and get healthier at the same time.

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

This week is about educating employees on the link between the body and the mind and how we can supercharge the brain by moving our bodies. The only way to get your brain functioning at its absolute best is by making sure you’re physically active.

You don’t need to go to the gym for an hour every day—although if you do, that’s great. Walking for just five minutes improves brain function. Taking the stairs or stretching does as well. We just need to sprinkle physical activity throughout the day, and if you can do that, you’re going to experience many positive benefits.

Treat this week as a call to action to get people to understand if they add physical activity to their days, the time investment will come back to them exponentially in returns.

Encourage them to book it in their calendars and make it as important as their most important business meeting, because it is. If someone wants to schedule something with you at the same time, don’t allow it, just as you would not cancel an important meeting. And employers, don’t make employees feel guilty for taking the time to take a walk or get in a quick workout during the day. You should be encouraging such behaviour, not making people think they’ll be punished for doing it.

You might believe that sitting at your desk for hours on end gets loads of work done. We certainly live in a culture that values putting in long days at the office. This often means putting in long days on our butts. But we are learning that our productivity declines as our butt-sitting increases. Those long hours at the desk have diminishing returns. The brain functions better when the body moves.

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Life MasteryAndi Coombs