Recently I have begun to include exercise in my break times between intense study or work. It may seem contradictory, but I found that 5 minutes of intense exercise actually refreshed my mind so I was able to think more clearly and effectively. Whilst researching to find a reason behind this phenomenon, I found that including exercise in break times is proven to provide benefits over the short and long term.
Firstly a study completed by Emeraldinsight (2019), testing the effect of exercise on the productivity and mood of employees. The researchers found that those who participated in moderate exercise throughout the work day experienced an increase in productivity and mood. Including exercise between work schedules will not only give your mind a break from the draining workload but also increase your productivity.
Secondly, another study completed by the University of British Columbia concluded that regular aerobic exercise appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning. By including exercise throughout your day you can greatly contribute toward increasing your levels of exercise and thus help brain function in the long run.
Whilst exercising may be good, it is hard to find adequate space for performing intense sessions of exercise particularly within a work place setting. Some examples that I found to work in confined spaces are shown in one my previous blogs (Exercise on the Plane).
As well as adding exercise in your daily schedule, also include some time with God in your day, even if it is a very short prayer, as spending time with God refreshes your soul. This is said in Psalms 23:3
He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.