It can be difficult to find the energy to hit the gym after a long day at work, or to get yourself up early enough to get a workout in before the work day begins. But the benefits of going that extra mile for your physical health won’t just strengthen your body—your performance at work and mental sharpness will benefit, too. Here’s how.

You’ll be Smarter

That old stereotype about dumb jocks couldn’t be more incorrect. As you age, your body produces fewer brain cells, but working out can help you hang on to those precious cells longer. Current research suggests that maintaining an active lifestyle throughout adulthood can significantly expand the shelf life of your smarts—in other words, people who commit to exercising will have more brain cells when they’re in their 50s, 60s and beyond than their inactive peers will, giving them the edge in the workplace.

You’ll Feel More Focused & Energized

You’ve got to give to get, and the same goes for your energy! While kicking your smarts into high-gear via your workout is more of a long term effect, the immediate benefits of exercise can impact your work day as well. When you’re active, the cells in your body are stimulated and will produce more energy, which will give you a boost both physically and mentally. And the best part is, you don’t have to go crazy on the treadmill to obtain these energetic benefits. Something as simple as getting up and walking around during the day will make your body feel refreshed and improve mental sharpness. So when you feel those post-lunch blues kicking in, take a walk and gain some of that long-lost energy back.

You’ll be in a Better Mood

Get acquainted with your endorphins! Ever notice that no matter how miserable you may be during your workout, you always seem to feel great after? That’s because immediately after physical activity, your body releases a cocktail of chemicals into your brain, all which are designed to make you feel happy. This is the same phenomenon you might sometimes hear referred to as a “runner’s high,” but no matter what your workout of choice is, getting your heart rate up and sweat glands working will always be for your benefit.

Simply put, when you’re smarter, more focused, energized and happier at work, you’re going to be more productive and efficient throughout the day. Making fitness a part of your daily routine will also expand your health physically and mentally, benefiting you in or out of the office, and for years to come!

To see how Restoration Media makes employee fitness a priority, read more about our partnership with Equinox Fitness Clubs here and here.