Money may not be top of your list of priorities, but plenty of us wish we could be more productive.
If you’re among them, then who better to heed than Virgin founder Richard Branson? Not only does the man have a fair few successful businesses under his belt but he has a pretty cool lifestyle to boot.
But according to Sir Dick, his secret sauce is surprisingly accessible. Believe it or not, he attributes his success to nothing more complicated than exercise.
Branson claims that working out has helped him double his daily productivity.
“I seriously doubt that I would have been as successful in my career (and happy in my personal life) if I hadn’t always placed importance on my health and fitness,” he explained in a blog.
It stands to reason.
Studies have shown that exercise enhances mental sharpness, and better decision-making as a result. By increasing oxygen levels flowing into your brain and releasing other chemicals, exercise helps improve memory and concentration.
Tennis, cycling, running and kite surfing are among Branson’s hobbies.
“I definitely can achieve twice as much by keeping fit,” he told FourHourBodyPress.
“It keeps the brain functioning well.”
He’s not alone…
Another of the world’s most successful figures also credits his professional triumphs in large part to health and fitness – Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of social networking platform Facebook.
“Staying in shape is very important,” Zuckerberg said in a Q&A.
“Doing anything well requires energy, and you just have a lot more energy when you’re fit.”
He makes sure to work out at least three times per week, getting his sessions in first thing in the morning.
US TV personality Oprah Winfrey also makes sure she gets her exercise fix on a daily basis in the form of yoga and walking 10,000 steps per day.
“I try to do something every day that allows me to feel active,” she told People.
Other highly successful exercise devotees include Jack Dorsey – Twitter co-founder and chief executive who gets through his 18-hour work days with the aid of a seven minute workout performed three times at the crack of dawn.
So, if these busy people can make time to exercise, so can you. And you never know, some of their success might rub off on you.
Do you believe exercise fuels productivity?