Ah 8:00 am, the stereotypical start time for most jobs. For most people the pre work routine involves getting up at the latest time possible (like 7am). Force feeding some processed crap, and pounding a cup of coffee before heading off into their cars in order to slowing inch to their jobs. These mornings are usually inactive and will remain that way throughout the whole day. It’s a known fact that the vast majority of office workers are sedentary, and while standing desks and “workout challenges” help somewhat, the real issues comes before anyone comes into the office.
In my opinion in order to be productive at work one has to become active in their environment and day. Sitting around in the same seat all day, will cause a person to become lethargic and generally lazy. I speak from experience as the time between 2:30 pm and 5 pm used to be a production dead zone for me. I couldn’t ever figure out why I was so lethargic until I started working out before work. All of sudden I felt way more productive during the mornings and during the last 2 and a half hours of the day as well.
It may seem counter intuitive to work out to be less tired and more energy (after all the point of lifting weights/running etc is to exert yourself in order to build muscle/fitness), but taking a 45 minute period to lift some weights or go on a quick run leaves me feeling refreshed and mentally clear. Not to mention the health benefits that come from working out that have nothing to do with your work.
Working out before work is a great way to blow off some steam before work. Perhaps one of your co workers made you made yesterday and instead of getting corporate, passive aggressive, and pissy, perhaps make a date with the bench press and hit a new P.R. I feel like I am generally much nicer to be around if I have had a good workout earlier in the day. I am not a scientist but I would wager that there is some mood enhancing aspects to lifting weights. Something about progressing towards a goal (new lift personal records, mile times, etc.) really gets a person to be and stay motivated throughout the day.
In conclusion sitting completely sedentary is very unhealthy for basically anyone. And while we can’t get out of having to work an office job, we can maximize our off time and move our bodies and stimulate our minds in order to be more productive. Getting a good work out in before work will make you more focused, and a better person to be around. Now you don’t have to be in the gym 24/7 but maybe save one episode of your favorite Netflix T.V. series for another time, and fit in a trip to the gym instead.