How Mountain Biking Increases Your Productivity

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May 29th, 2019

We live in a world that never slows down. We are constantly bombarded with new information, advertisements, online distractions, work projects and daily life tasks that our brains need to process, prioritize, organize and act on. It can be difficult to dedicate our focus to one task, knowing there are so many other items to check off our list.

 

Luckily, there is one thing you can do every day to increase your focus, productivity and overall health, you just have to make time for it. What is it? 

 

exercise. in our world, that means mountain biking. 

 

How does mountain biking (or exercise) improve your productivity?

 

1. improves attentiveness.

Do you have trouble completing a task from start to finish without becoming distracted? Mountain biking increases blood flow to the brain which improves your alertness and energy levels allowing you to stay tuned in on a specific project for longer and avoid distractions. You don’t need to sweat too hard to experience the benefits - a quick ride before work can do wonders for your overall energy levels.

 

2. improves mood. 

Mountain biking improves your mood by releasing endorphins that promote feelings of calm and well-being. In the workplace, this equates to more patience and better working relationships with your co-workers - resulting in higher productivity, respect and collaboration.

 

3. improves sleep. 

As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise per day can help you fall asleep faster and improve your overall quality of sleep. Mountain biking in the morning or afternoon is ideal, as late evening rides can overstimulate the body and make it difficult to fall asleep for some Riders. Sleeping better ultimately translates into better productivity and attentiveness at work. You will be less likely to crash throughout the day and more likely to stay focused and awake, without five cups of coffee.

 

4. improves memory. 

The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance and inflammation which can improve your memory. Many studies have suggested that the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory (the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex) have greater volume in people who exercise versus people who don't. So, if you have trouble remembering  your new client's name  a regular mountain bike ride might be what you're missing.

 

5. decreases stress. 

It's extremely difficult to eliminate all stress from your life,  but you can certainly decrease and manage the stress you experience by exercising. When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins - chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers - and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Feeling less stressed in the workplace can increase your productivity and foster better working relationships with your colleagues.

 

 
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