Physical Time is one of the 7 daily essential mental activities that we need to expose our mind to in order to optimise our brain and perform at our very best.

Physical time is the time when we engage in aerobic, strength or flexibility exercise. Nowadays, most people are aware that in order to stay healthy, vigorous exercise 3 to 5 times a week should be part of our lifestyle, but there are other benefits to having a regular exercise routine that you should know about.

In addition to keeping our physical body in good working order, exercise plays a massive role in strengthening our brain in many ways, boosting our brain’s executive functions in the process. Some of these executive functions include managing time, paying attention, switching focus, planning and organising, remembering details, avoid saying or doing the wrong thing and doing things based on your experience.

Some of us don’t seem to find the time to exercise, but lack of exercise will dampen our mind’s full capacity and therefore, it will make us less effective and efficient. Getting regular exercise holds the key to increasing the quality and output of your work and will help you prioritise and pay attention to the things that matter most.

You don’t necessarily have to trudge to the gym and spend an hour or more doing a formal workout. Instead, you can work short spurts of physical activity into your day. Indeed, squeezing in two or three bouts of 15 or 20 minutes of activity is just as effective as doing it all at once.

Riding a bike in the park, walking 15 minutes to your next meeting, going for a swim, playing outdoor sports with friends, scheduling a walking meeting or a jogging meeting on the park, vacuuming the house, walking 15 minutes to or from work, doing Yoga or taking a brisk walk in the evening with your partner or friends can add up to an active day.

By engaging in these types of activities, you can boost your brainpower, melt away stress, get more energy, ward off disease, boost performance and even strengthen your relationships. Mix it up a bit, have fun and you will shortly realise the wonderful benefits that exercise will bring to your professional and personal life.