Better Focus Through Exercise

Better focus through exercise? The connection between the mind and body has been proven time and time again.  If you’re having trouble with focus, there are several physical exercises you can perform that will help you to have more concentration.

Better Focus:
Brain Power Through Exercise

Exercises that get your blood flowing quickly are the best for a quick pick-me-up.  These help blood flow to your brain increase and allow you to have the ability to focus more easily.  Exercises such as jumping rope, running, and performing squats can help to give you this quick burst of brain power.

And the good news is that a quick exercise routine can give you as much as three hours of improved focus afterwards.  If you begin your day with exercise, you’ll have more focus in those early hours of work.  A quick routine midday can help you beat the afternoon blahs.

Those exercises are important when it comes to dealing with a single incidence of trouble focusing, but you also want to think about long-term effectiveness.  Some people have difficulty focusing as a result of depression.

You may actually be experiencing depression and not even know it.  Creating a habit of exercising at least three times a week can actually improve your mood and help ward off depression that keeps you from being able to concentrate on tasks.

The best exercises tend to be those you enjoy and will commit to doing over a long period of time.  This could include taking a walk, cycling, jogging, rollerblading, playing tennis, or any other activity that helps increase your heart rate a few times a week.

Exercising regularly also helps your body to manage the effects of stress.  Stress can often be responsible for problems with focusing.  By developing an exercise routine you can keep stress from paralyzing you and causing you to lose focus on the end goals.

You may wonder how exercise can actually improve your focus.  One of the ways it helps is by increasing the endorphins in your brain.  These are chemicals that help you to feel good and actually improve your brain’s ability to function at its peak performance. 

Exercise also helps you to let go of some of the distracting thoughts that are preventing you from focusing.  Finally, exercise helps to improve your self-confidence and reduces physical anxiety.  It also helps you to sleep better.  All of these things add up to better focus as you carry out daily tasks.

If you’re struggling to stay focused throughout your day, give exercise a try.  You don’t have to spend hours and hours each day to get the effects.  Try taking a 30 minute walk a few times a week and you’ll begin to see your focus improve.

Stay Focused!

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As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

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Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

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