Sneaking to the gym during business hours can make you more productive

Go ahead, ditch that pointless meeting for a cardio class

Office colleagues sitting in a meeting with workout clothes on

(Kagan McLeod)

According to research from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK, exercising during regular office hours may boost your work performance. The study’s authors examined the influence of exercise during business hours among workers who had access to a company gym.

The study included over 200 employees at a variety of companies, and had participants self-report their performance on a daily basis. The researchers then examined fluctuations within individual workers, comparing their output on days when they exercised to days when they didn’t.


The study’s authors found that on days when participants hit the gym, they reported managing their time more effectively, being more productive, and having more cheerful interactions with colleagues. In other words: Don’t feel guilty for heading out to that afternoon spin class: you’ll see productivity benefits at work—and less of a bum print in your chair.