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Feel free to forward this one on to HR: Taking time out to exercise midday can improve productivity so much workers that actually make up for the time out of the office.
Low-intensity exercise like yoga or a quick walk are great for increasing energy levels, while medium-intensity exercise has been shown to boost creativity for about two hours. A workout can actually boost cognitive function, too. Plus during the middle of the day, body temperatures are a bit higher, so muscles are warmer and may perform better.
The Takeaway: Take some time away from the office to exercise in the middle of the day for increased energy and creativity.
Getting in a workout can not only boost energy during the day, it can help you sleep better at bedtime, too.
Scheduling coffee and lunch breaks in your day can be key to staying productive as well.