Does Running Make You More Successful at Work?

Friday Facts: Running Edition It always feels like summer when it’s time for the BolderBoulder, an incomparable race run every Memorial Day here in Boulder, Colorado.  Flowers bloom, the sun shines, and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” starts playing in my head (I always tear up too). Those of you who have run this race and stayed in Folsom Field for the celebration know what I mean:

Bolder Boulder

Since the BolderBoulder is coming, I got to thinking about running and working, working and running. Although I did train for and run my third (and slowest by far) marathon last year while commuting 10 hours per week and working a grueling schedule, it’s better for my training to work from home-my regular mileage is way up. I always figured that running was good for my health (and I know it helps me stay sane), but today, I’m also curious about whether runners are more successful at work, happier or more productive.

Here are the facts:

  1. One 2015 social science research study found that CEO fitness had a positive impact on a firm’s value and profitability. The researchers considered successfully completing a marathon as indicative of fitness. There's more information on the takeaways in this Entrepreneur article, but I found it fascinating that there was a statistical link between the leader's fitness and the company's success.
  2. The “runners’ high” doesn’t just come from endorphins. We are happier and more clearheaded after a run because of a protein released by our brains in response to the physical stress of a tough workout. Turns out this substance has a reparative effect on memory neurons and can act as a mood enhancer. This FastCompany article has those facts and more, with tips for creating and sticking to a habit of regular exercise.
  3. Exercise can improve productivity in all the ways you would expect-by generating greater energy levels and reducing stress. But I find that when I need to plan around runs, I tend to get more work done so I feel good about taking that time away for myself. And it’s certainly true that running can help keep your weight in check, which may reduce the risk of type II diabetes and even cancer. It’s also great weight-bearing exercise that increases bone mass, which can keep osteoporosis at bay. So in short, you may be less likely to have unexpected time away from work, because you’re healthier!

t’s not too late to register for the BolderBoulder 10K. Click here and start your journey to success, happiness and productivity!

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