It’s no secret that exercise improves your health and your physical prowess, whether you’re trying to run a marathon or just make it to the fridge and back during a Family Guy commercial break. But did you know it can bump up your work performance, too?
That’s the conclusion of a study published in the March 2010 issue of International Journal of Psychophysiology. Japanese researchers grouped 40 young adults based on their physical activity levels, then had them perform two tests — one required participants to do a single task repeatedly, while the other required rapidly changing between different tasks. The researchers found that the physically active group was significantly better at task switching than the sedentary group, thanks to what they call “more efficient executive functioning.” So the more you hit the gym, the quicker you’ll be able to escape the office — and hit the gym again.