Easy Body Movements to Improve Productivity
Ever notice how your productivity tends to suffer as the day goes on? A McMaster University study revealed that when people completed one task, it depleted their willpower to move on to complete a different task.
No matter how much coffee you drink or inspirational quotes you read on Pinterest, willpower will always be a finite resource. On the upside, there are several things you can do to prolong it by taking at least a few mini breaks here and there to recharge.
Moving your body is perhaps one of the best ways to recharge yourself. This is particularly true if your work involves a lot of sitting and thinking at a desk.
Here are five super simple ways anyone can move their body to help them get more work done.
Move your eyes around for just 30 seconds.
According to researchers from the Manchester Metropolitan University, moving your eyes horizontally from side to side for about 30 seconds can give your memory a boost. It’s thought that this type of exercise encourages more interaction and communication between the two hemispheres of the brain.
So if you find yourself constantly having to pull up emails to remind yourself of certain things or if you need to Google search specific questions you keep forgetting, perhaps a bit of horizontal eye movement every once in a while could help.
Simply stand up every 20 minutes.
Want a dead easy way to increase productivity? Just stand up more often. You don’t have to do jumping jacks or pushups or even walk if you don’t want to. The simple act of standing up will have profound effects on your productivity alone.
Studies have shown that just standing up from your chair increases blood flow, prevents physiological changes in the muscles that can result from prolonged sitting and even decreases your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Aim to stand up every 20 minutes at the very least, and you’ll get bonus points of course if you combine it with some stretching and walking, too.
Fidget throughout the day.
Now you have a good excuse to tap your foot, twirl a pen around in your hand, wiggle around in your chair and move in subtle ways while sitting. Not only did a study find that fidgeting can help ward off some of the health hazards of a sedentary lifestyle, but an interview published by The Washington Post suggests that it benefits us mentally by using movement to adjust our energy levels.
Grab your earlobes and give them a rub.
Feeling tense or frustrated? Just grab each of your earlobes using your thumb and index finger to hold them firmly, pull them down a bit and rub them in a circular motion gently. If you’re holding a lot of tension in your upper body, you should notice a nice relaxing effect throughout your head, neck and shoulders.
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As a bonus, you might want to try a little bit of yoga if your work environment allows for it. Yoga poses that help to stretch out your body after too much sitting can help get the blood flowing, prevent pain or stiffness and help you regain your focus when you get back to work.
Take a look at these 10 yoga poses for people who sit all day for more on that!
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