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KEY 046: How Exercise Increases Your Productivity

Exercise increases Productivity

If you're an entrepreneur or high-level executive and you're skipping your time in the gym because you're just too busy, I have great news for you.

In this episode, you're going to discover how exercise increases productivity through chemical changes in your brain.

You'll Gain Time in Your Day

You're most likely hustling hard to reach some big goals and you have to flex your schedule a bit to make sure you get the most important work done. That's why you're temporarily setting aside your time in the gym. It's understandable.

But the science proves you're actually losing more time than you would working out.

The time you "lose" in the gym is actually gained back through the increased productivity you get from working out.

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it's all about your brain chemistry

There's very little direct correlation between time and productivity. I'm sure you've had days when you even stayed late at the office and still got less done. The inverse can be true sometimes as well; you get more done in an intense 4-hour day than you've gotten done in a full day.

The difference is in your brain chemistry. Have a heavy lunch with a rich dessert and I promise you, your afternoon will be the least productive ever. Go for a brisk walk at lunch and you'll find you're more focused.

Exercise Changes your brain Chemistry

You've most likely heard of a "Runner's High" and maybe even experienced it yourself. It's caused by an increase in several chemicals in your brain, leaving you feeling euphoric.

In fact, when you listen to this episode you'll discover there are several chemicals released during exercise that are exactly the same as well someone uses Marijuana, Methamphetamines, or even heroin. Crazy but true. Take a listen.

Exercise increases productivity

When you exercise, your body releases the same chemicals present when someone is on drugs. Phenylethylamine, endogenous opioids, and anandymine which are the same ones present in methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana. 

What You'll Hear in This Episode

Below you'll find the big topics we discuss in this episode along with the time in the show when we discuss them. You can fast-forward to exactly what you're most interested in hearing

Simply click to listen in the player at the TOP of this page.


Consistency is more important than quantity

Why you need to start small and create a consistent practice of exercise. This will dramatically increase your long-term success. We all want instant results which pushes us to try to do too much in too little time.


The Best Antidepressant Available

We go over research that shows how exercise alone is more effective at fighting depression than antidepressants. One study even showed antidepressants along with exercise was less effective than exercise by itself.


The Power of BDNF - Brain Derived Neurtropics

Think of it as something of a fertilizer for the brain. It provides the circuits your brain neurons travel. When you improve BDNF levels you improve all aspects of your brain function.


Resistance Training vs Aerobic Exercise

Any type of exercise is going to help you physically and mentally, but aerobic exercise appears to have a greater impact on your ability to focus and get more done. This doesn't mean you should replace weight training with running, but it does mean you should never leave aerobic activity out of your workouts.


Exercise is a Powerful Drug

There's a reason so many drug treatment centers include physical exercise in their programs . Intense workouts produce the same drugs in the brain that one experiences when using marijuana, methamphetamines, and heroin. 


Cortisol - The Stress Hormone

Cortisol is known as "The Stress Hormone" and when you workout you are stressing your body. But don't think of it as a bad thing. There's a very beneficial role cortisol plays in productivity. You need it to be your very best.

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What is The Key?

The KEY to better relationships, improved finances, and achieving peak performance isn't somewhere "out there" in another book, seminar, or training program, it already exists within you. You don't have to go find it, you just have to unlock it... and that's what show you how to do on The Key Podcast.

Paul desmond adams

Personal development coach

purpose | goals | career | relationships | Wellness

Paul is a super high achiever trapped in a misfits body. He's dreamed of and worked towards the highest levels of success, but held back by disorganization, distraction, and procrastination. He's always known what to do but hasn't been able to do what he knows... and it wasn't his fault. 

John hawkins jr, M.S., L.M.H.C.


peak performance strategist

John is a licensed psychotherapist who has helped thousands of people deal with past trauma, addiction, and broken relationships. After years of helping people breakthrough their internal blocks to success, he now realizes most us KNOW what to do, we just don't DO what we know... and it's typically not our fault. 

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