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How Fitness Can Make You a More Satisfied Employee

Many of us here at Glassdoor are involved to some degree in a fitness related activity, whether it be running, biking or using those arm muscles to lift up a good glass of wine to our lips! And, as many who have been involved in a race training program will tell you, the benefits of regular exercise extend way beyond just getting healthy.

Here are some of the simple yet important lessons we have experienced that have helped make us better and more satisfied workers regardless of whether we were training for a half ironman, half marathon or taking on a new physical activity:

  • Get out and you’ll get over it: Sure it was irritating when someone stole your lunch from the company refrigerator, but a good run or bike ride can help you let those feelings of frustration slip away and perhaps help you clear your head. Plus, the Mayo Clinic reports that physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out.
  • Make the time: It may have been an awfully long day at the office, but time out for yourself can do miracles. Fresh air can help you sleep better and keep your thoughts clear for that next day in the office. We know it’s tough to find the motivation to get out the door and exercise sometimes, but once you’re out, you will start feeling the pressure from your day slip away.
  • Coffee is not the only key to productivity: Feeling sluggish at work and think coffee or some other form of caffeine is the cure? Think again. In fact, according to a study by the University of Bristol, researchers found workers performed significantly better on exercise days and across all three areas measured:  mental-interpersonal, output and time demands. In addition, the survey showed that employees who enjoyed a workout before going to work – or exercised during lunch breaks – were better equipped to handle whatever the day threw at them.
  • Work toward work/life balance: By granting time to do something for yourself outside of work, you may just find that you become more satisfied with work. You’ll likely find comfort in the sense that work is not the only thing in your life despite the feeling that it can sometimes feel that way.

So, if you’re having trouble finding the right motivation to get in shape, consider these reasons as you may not only lose a few pounds but also become a better colleague, employee or boss!