On-campus work site gyms are a standard in many Silicon Valley firms, but area fitness centers are making it easier for busy professionals get the same advantages without having to work at one of the big companies. The concept seems perfect for the Valley’s culture, where time-crunched entrepreneurs want to get that extra edge that a workout provides.
Bay Club Silicon Valley in Cupertino and Pacific Sports Resort’s Courtside Club in Los Gatos are touting their CONNECT features: private workspace suites with high-speed Internet, state-of-the-art presentation and video-conferencing tools, administrative support and a “tablet bar,” where someone can work on a tablet or laptop comfortably.
In a culture where the ability to multi-task is paramount, the vision that Western Athletic Clubs seems to put forth in their clubs as being a great place to integrate mental alertness with business tasks, seems both smart and timely.
A study released in June, 2013 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information.
“The key is to build in a break to do a team workout with one of the classes being offered. The rejuvenation you will find between body and brain will result in a more stimulating discussion when the team returns to business,” says Jim Colvin, M.P.H., fitness and health educator and trainer at Bay Club Silicon Valley.
Colvin offers a few other suggestions as well:
Walk and talk. “Walking for 15 minutes will burn approximately 100 calories each time,” says Colvin. He suggests a walk around the block instead of a sit-down meeting.
Reschedule your workout. Typically work out at the end of the day? It’s a great stress reliever. But for a mental energy boost during the work day, consider hitting the gym on your way to the office or on your lunch break. A survey done by Timex/SodaHead seems to show that other’s support Colvin’s advice: 27% of respondents to a recent Timex/SodaHead.survey said they get in a workout during the work day.
Colvin’s conclusion: rather than retreat to a coffee shop or library, consider a work-friendly gym instead.