Fitness – Can it Really Benefit your Work Day?

Regular fitness at work

We know that maintaining the motivation to work out regularly can be difficult, especially if you have long days at work, and don’t get back late.

Fitness isn’t at the forefront of most peoples minds, and it can often be the last thing employers think about integrating into their staff’s day to day work. However, here at Bespoke, we actively encourage our employees to sign up to the gym, and take an hour out of their day to go.

Why? Well here are some of the many benefits of having a regular fitness routine down…

Helps you sleep better

Many studies have show that if you work out for 20-30 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week, you will see an improvement in your sleeping pattern. However, they recommend that these workouts should be in the morning or afternoon, as working out too close to bedtime can leave you more energised. Having a regular fitness routine also helps increase the amount of time you spend in the deepest stage of sleep.

Increases energy and endurance

Most people who initially go into the gym feeling tired, come out more awake and energised. Having a regular fitness and workout routine in place can help improve energy, strength, and endurance; which can help you get through your daily activities. You will more than likely notice this increase in energy within a few short weeks after exercising on the regular.

Reduces stress, depression, and anxiety

Working out regularly reduces stress by diminishing electrical activity in tense muscles as soon as you finish your workout, which makes you less hyperactive and jittery. Your body releases more endorphin’s for an hour and a half to two hours after your workout, boosting your mood and promotes relaxation. Physical activity helps provide motivation to improve your diet and proper nutrition reduces stress. There is strong evidence that regular exercise aids in treating clinical depression.

Strengthens and boosts your immune system

Various different studies have shown that working out improves immune function. Regular, moderate cardio workouts such as jogging, walking or cycling, can help to offset the immune function decline in healthy adults.

Builds and maintains healthy muscles, bones and joints

Obviously, as you age, your bones lose density, your joints become a lot stiffer and your lean body mass decreases. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to slow or prevent muscle, joint and bone issues later down the line. A moderate to vigorous workout program can help you maintain strength and flexibility as you get older!

Reduces the risk of many diseases

Heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, colon cancer, breast cancer, stroke, heart attack and arthritis can all be prevented from regular workouts.

Slows the aging process and reduces the risk of premature death

Most people lose 10% of their aerobic capacity each year after the age of 30. Regular fitness routines can make you more aerobically fit as you get older. Also, working out helps improve skin and muscle tone, increased flexibility and reduces the risk of many age-related diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease and stokes.

Not only do we believe that it helps your health and well-being, but have a fitness routine in place and allowing yourself an hour a day out of the office – whether this be in the morning, at lunch time or in the afternoon – helps you become more motivated for work.

Spending that time on yourself and in a different setting helps you re-start yourself, and have a fresh outlook on work once you’ve finished.

We allow our employees to head to the gym for an hour whenever they want during the day, as we entirely believe it gives them more motivation when they come back!

Do you agree with us? Let us know in the comments below!