Thursday, February 26, 2009

Higher Worker Productivity Linked to Short Exercise Breaks During the Workday

I heard this story on the drive into work this morning on Morning Edition. They featured Dr. Toni Yancy, a former college basketball player turned physican at UCLA. It goes into the productivity and health benefits for even short 10-15 minutes of exercise during the workday. I believe that my own productivity is high at work is due to the stress-relief and metabolic boost that a lunchtime workout provides.

Interesting case study:

"L.L. Bean, the retail catalog company, instituted daily, mini-exercise breaks 15 years ago throughout its assembly plant with great results, Yancey says. The breaks were five minutes each, three times a day. At the end of the shift, the company found a 30-minute return on productivity for an investment of 15 minutes of physical activity."

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