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Feel free to forward this one on to HR: Taking time out to exercise midday can improve productivity so much workers that actually make up for the time out of the office.

Low-intensity exercise like yoga or a quick walk are great for increasing energy levels, while medium-intensity exercise has been shown to boost creativity for about two hours. A workout can actually boost cognitive function, too. Plus during the middle of the day, body temperatures are a bit higher, so muscles are warmer and may perform better.

The Takeaway: Take some time away from the office to exercise in the middle of the day for increased energy and creativity.

Bonus!

Getting in a workout can not only boost energy during the day, it can help you sleep better at bedtime, too.

Pro Tip:

Scheduling coffee and lunch breaks in your day can be key to staying productive as well.