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The Mind-Body Connection

One of the people on my team has a routine. She studies a topic she has to write about, takes some notes, and then goes on a walk. Often when I begin designing a project, I’ll throw up notes on a whiteboard and pace back and forth in front of it while tossing a baseball in my hand.

We all work at desks and sit in front of screens. Ours is a sedentary job, and we need to be in front of our computers to accomplish our work. Taking a break from that every now and again has the potential to reap big rewards though. If you’re into exercise at all, you might have heard of the mind-body connection, which posits that really concentrating on the motion you’re performing during exercise can yield better results than just heaving heavy weight. The opposite is also true. Looking at ourselves as mind and body is a false dichotomy. Your mind is part of your body, and it’s all designed to work together.

In short, moving your body is good for moving your mind. If you find yourself stuck on an issue, staring at the screen and wracking your brain for an answer, consider taking it on the road. Grab a short walk. If you can’t get outside, take a lap around the office. If you have to, keep it to pacing in your cube. You might find that moving your body helps move your mind.

At the very least, you’ll get your step count up.

If you happen to be one of those people who needs to have something else going on while you take those steps, have a look at our new mobile-friendly courses on the Epicor Learning Center. You can play these short bits of training beginning to end in just a few minutes.


Clifford Horowitz