Exercising to Prepare for a Big Meeting? Not as Nuts as it Sounds

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Health & Fitness / October 21, 2013

The idea of getting in a workout before a big presentation at work might seem counter intuitive. Surely you should be spending that time prepping for the meeting…right? This approach worked for all of your finals in school!

The evidence, though, shows that exercising is beneficial for presentation or big meeting prep. Why?

Exercise boosts endorphins

Those “feel good” hormones that help you deal with stress and elevate your mood – they also reduce feelings of anxiety. Getting the endorphins flowing helps you feel positive and confident during the meeting or presentation.

There is meditation in repetition

When you exercise, you have to focus all of your attention on your body and its movements. You have to forget about everything else or you could get hurt. This singular focus gets your mind off of the stressful event coming up. When you aren’t focused on what’s stressing you out, your body relaxes, which, in turn, helps relax your mind.

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Exercise makes you feel “better”

This is scientifically true. When you exercise, your brain releases serotonin and dopamine, which help you feel safe and secure and, effectively, cancels out the feelings of stress and negativity that might have been weighing you down.

Oxygen is brain food

When you exercise, you increase the flow of oxygen going to your brain. This reduces the ability of brain-bound free radicals to reach their target destination. Oxygen also acts as a sort of “brain food” and increases your mental sharpness. You’re clearer, more alert, and even, physiologically speaking, smarter after you exercise.

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That being said, you probably don’t want to head for a big meeting or presentation after a big workout. You’ll be sweaty, smelly, and probably a little out of breath. So what sort of exercises should you be doing to really prepare yourself for your big meeting?

Go for a walk

Even just a quick trip around the block will increase your blood and oxygen flow. If you walk at a steady pace, you’ll even increase your heart rate a little bit, which is good for your cardiovascular health. One of the best pieces of advice you’ll ever get is “if you get stuck, go for a walk.” The same is true before going into a potentially stressful situation.

Go for a swim

Go in the morning before work if the meeting is in the morning or during your lunch hour if the meeting is in the afternoon. Swimming is a great workout for your whole body. A twenty-minute swim is the equivalent of doing an hour-long workout in which you tackle strength, endurance, and cardiovascular exercise separately. Plus, you’ll have to shower afterward to get rid of the chlorine smell, so you won’t have to worry about being sweaty or smelly at your meeting or presentation.

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Yoga is great, but it can be difficult to do at work, especially if you work in a cubicle. Still, there are a few poses you can do while sitting down or in confined spaces that don’t look too wacky. Go through a few basic yoga stretches before your meeting. If you don’t have a private office, consider using the employee bathroom (if it is clean and private) or the stairwell.

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Even if you just go for a quick stroll around your office, that’s better than not getting any exercise at all – and your big meeting is sure to benefit from it!

Erin Steiner is a freelance writer from Oregon who covers topics ranging from doctor reputation management to small business to pop culture. Her work is featured all over the web.

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Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on Under30CEO.com, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.


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