The beginning of a new year sees us all wanting to do better than the year before. Whatever your New Years resolution is, I'm sure we could all benefit from being a little more productive in 2018. Read on to find out how to improve your productivity and how cycling plays a part in this.
Okay, so I may have told a little lie, it's not cycling that helps you be more productive – it’s any kind of exercise! Here at Blubel, we’re slightly biased towards cycling due to our absolute passion for it!
1. Keeps you on the ball
Regular exercise has been proven to boost alertness, by increasing blood flow to the brain. Exercise gives you more energy making you feel more awake and ready to do our best work. So by cycling to work in the morning, you're setting yourself up for success. If you don’t already commute by bike, this post on first time cycling commuting will help.
2. Better mental health
If you're in a good place mentally, then you're in a better position to produce great results at work. Exercise helps massively with this because it produces serotonin, which makes us happier. We all get stressed sometimes and regular exercise can help us deal with this better. So even if you don’t want to commit to cycling to work, consider going for a leisurely ride around your local park to bring your mood up and de-stress.
3. Keep the doctor away
Whether it's running, walking, swimming or cycling, physical exercise lowers the risk of getting ill. By getting ill less often, you'll take less sick days from work so, in turn, will be more productive. Regular exercise also helps with giving you more stamina and better cardiovascular health.
4. Inspire ideas
We all know those times when you’ve been stuck, blanking staring at the screen trying to think of an idea or how to solve a problem. Get out of that rut by taking a ride on your bike or by going for a walk. Staring at your screen for what seems like hours with no ideas and no clue what to do next.
5. Find balance
It's easy to become absorbed by work and not leave enough time to yourself. Exercise may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the word ‘work-life balance’ but it really is one of the best ways to both have time to yourself and make you more fit. Having a regular work-out routine, whether it’s every day or twice a week, will give more balance to your life and career.