Adults and children alike can increase their productivity at work and school with just a small amount of exercise. Students of any age have shown an increase in GPA when they exercised just 60 minutes per day. Men and women with desk jobs find that they feel better and do better at work if they move and exercise throughout the day.
Teenagers who exercise have long-term effects on intellectual growth. A study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that at age 11, when exercise was increased to the recommended 60 minutes per day, test scores in English, Mathematics, and Science increased. When these same students were followed up with at age 13, their scores continued to rise with exercise.
Cooper Library in Clemente, SC recently added stationary bicycles with desktops attached to them to a study room. This experiment is supposed to see how slow moving exercise affects the ability to study. Using low level exercise in the library is helping some students stay awake during long hours of working or studying. A psychologist in Clemson is hoping this introduction will fuel a new study on the effects of exercise on productivity and learning.
Increasing productivity in the office is a huge goal in nearly every workplace. Many offices have started paying for gym memberships, encouraging walks during break time, and other health oriented motivators. There are even some workplaces that have incorporated an innovative idea called a treadmill desk. These contraptions use a standing desk with a very slow moving treadmill placed underneath for low level exercise. Since the maximum speed of these specially designed treadmills is a slow walk, many users have found that with a little practice, they are able to type and work just as efficiently as when they are sitting.