We’ve all done a few things to be better at our jobs; we’ve tried to become more organized, bonded with our colleagues, and might have even attended a few training sessions on the company’s dime. But there is one thing you could do in your spare time that has benefits for your work life as well as your personal life; exercise. Even if you believe that your job makes it impossible for you to go to the gym – whether it’s due to timing, or a complete lack of energy – here are a few reasons why exercise makes you better at your job.

Boosts energy

If you’re lucky, your energy will start to crash in the last hour of work, but usually most people start to fade after lunch. Exercise makes it possible for you to get through a whole day at work without reaching for a cup of coffee. Regular movement pumps blood into your brain, which can help sharpen your awareness and make you more ready to tackle your next big project. People who exercise also get more oxygen into their body; most people choose to breathe deeply, but others get a boost of freshness with oxygen delivery devices. Either way, when your body gets enough oxygen, more blood pumps through your body, and increases alertness in your brain.

Reduces stress

It’s natural to feel the pressure at work sometimes, especially when there’s a big project deadline looming. But people who exercise can handle the stress better because they have an outlet for all their frustrations. Regular workouts can help you relax, get a good night’s sleep, and clear your mind before you walk into an important business meeting. Additionally, it’s difficult to feel overwhelmed by stress when you feel confident, and exercise is one of the best confidence boosters anyone could have.

Improves health

There’s always that one person in the office who is perpetually sick, and always infects everyone with a bug around winter. But when you exercise, you improve your immune system which can help reduce your risk of developing certain types of illness and disease. As a result, you miss fewer days at work, and you don’t fall behind on your deadlines. Exercise also reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease – all of which can interfere with work productivity.

Develops teamwork skills

One of the more fun ways to exercise is by joining a local sports team; this combines an intense workout with a social session, and it also helps you develop some crucial teamwork skills. These skills will make you a better team player at work. Just as you encourage your sports teammates to do better, and point out where they are improving, you will do the same with your colleagues at work. This is especially useful if you work in some sort of management position, or you’re hoping to get promoted to a leadership role.

Exercise really does have benefits for all areas of your life.