Brain and gym lingo - what do they have in common? Well, for starters, more than Mariah Carrey, hullaballoos, and wooden elves do! Second, wait till you hear the other wait-whats Wakeout has cooked up so far…
- A work desk can be your Yoga mat
- You don’t need dumbbells: teacups will do
- There’s something better than coffee to wake you up
Let’s not digress any further though. Back to what knocked you down with a feather.
Rest days. Sorry, physical activity breaks.
Well... To get a better grip on the notion of exercise breaks, you just need to shrink your understanding of the weekly fitness regime to a workday. Rest days interrupt the sapping 2-3 day workout periods - exercise breaks chunk down your 8-hour workday. Same but different, right?
Peaking over another angle - exercise breaks have the same effect on your brain as rest days have on your body.
#1 Body recovery 👈🏼 👉🏼 Brain recovery
In the same way the rest days don't make you lazy - the exercise breaks won't strip away your mental sharpness. In reality, recovery should be an essential part of both muscle growth and brain development...
For real, for real now. Science says exercise breaks should amplify focus. Why do you think the Pomodoro clock became such a superstar?
#2 Evade injuries 👈🏼 👉🏼 Avoid burnout
Your body needs time to heal. If your locomotive doesn’t get the day’s rest, you’re increasing your chance of gassing out for months.
Your brain and your seated donkey are the same. They need micro rests and changes in position every once in a while. This is proven to prevent a non-physical brain injury commonly known as burnout.
#3 Physical performance 👈🏼 👉🏼 Mental performance
Overtraining, contrary to an overzealous mode of thinking, will do you no good. It diminishes all performance parameters to a notable degree - stamina, reaction sharpness, and energy levels.
Overworking took a seat in the same ballpark. A study carried out by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that brief, interrupted diversions notably improve attention. Which means better performance.
From mind-boggled to finely focused
Taking a break is common sense now, isn't it? Especially when you know it doesn't have to be anything that drags out your work - even a brisk Wakeout session can do the trick.
Feeling the butterflies already? Then get up and move along a brisk brain-boosting session!
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