Every year, Harvard Business Review publishes a list of breakthrough ideas for the workplace of the future. Here’s one idea that gets my vote:
1. Treadmills are installed in offices; people are encouraged to take exercise breaks
2. Workstations include stationary bicycles that fit under the desks; people keep their legs moving while answering email.
3. Instead of suits, people wear stretch, cool-fitting gym clothes
Here’s why: exercise improves the blood’s access to specific brain regions and stimulates learning cells to make a neurotropic factor which works like Miracle-Grow for the brain.
You learn 20% faster and better during and after exercise than sitting still.
That explains why I get some of my best ideas on the treadmill and on my Sunday runs! I use my iPod at the gym to catch up on teleseminars I don’t have time to attend during the workweek.
This week, while running, I listened to Jeff Herring’s interview about “signature speeches,” and how important it is to have a 20, 30, and 60 minute signature speeches mapped out in advance so you’re ready at a moment’s notice when an event planner calls.
Usually I would think to myself that I need to implement something and then when I get back to my desk…poof…it’s gone. But this time I started implementing stuff that I heard even though it was several hours before I was back at my desk. Is this because I listened while exercising when the brain retains more? I don’t know but I do get a lot of great ideas when I’m working out.
Key tip: If you’re like me, you’ve got a folder full of teleseminars you haven’t listened to yet. Why not listen to one the next time you’re at the gym.
1. Be more productive
2. Get the benefit of ongoing education
3. Learn more, faster