We all know we should be exercising and eating right, but it’s often easier to head straight home after work rather than hitting the gym. And, stopping for fast food along the way will save the time and energy required for a healthful meal.

Now, here’s one more item to put on the list of benefits that are derived from staying fit and eating right—it can make you more productive both at home and at work. And if you’re wondering if you must train for a half-marathon to get those benefits, you can relax. You‘ll need to do activities that raise your heart rate, but you won’t have to do any ten-mile runs.

As for eating right, there are many eating plans similar to the Paleo Diet that will set you on the path to good health, especially when they are combined with eight hours of sleep and a commitment to exercise.

Here’s how it can help you and your career.

Exercise can grow your brain

Exercise uses more brain cells than many other activities, and new research has discovered that we can foster the growth of new brain cells during exercise. In other words, the more you use it, the more it grows. So, when you exercise, you’re giving your brain a workout along with your body.

 A good diet helps you to think clearly

If you are skipping meals or eating the wrong foods, you might find it difficult to do your job properly. That’s because the lack of regular healthy meals can be a substantial drain on your brain, making it hard for you to concentrate without becoming distracted. If you deprive your brain of blood glucose and protein by not eating the right foods, you will lose your energy and your ability to think clearly.

Exercise improves your attitude

People who exercise tend to have a positive attitude in all aspects of their lives. Working out gives them a feeling of well-being that translates into higher productivity. They respond energetically to issues as they come up, looking for solutions and coming up with ideas to efficiently complete their tasks. Exercise can also be a powerful antidote to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and stress.

Being fit can eliminate mental sluggishness

Want to be sharper at work? Get into the habit of exercising. People who exercise regularly are more alert because it has been shown to increase the amount of space in your brain to think about things. So, the next time you’re thinking about skipping a scheduled workout, remember that it can help you think on your feet during your next presentation or help you pay attention during someone else’s boring one.

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