"The gym has been an excellent foundation that many successful people have built the skills they need to be the best in their field."
Anyone that knows anything about working out knows that working out will get you in better shape. Sticking to a program can help you add muscle, lose fat, and increase your overall feeling of wellness. One unknown fact is that working out can also make you more successful. The wealth of benefits (pun intended) of working out is a long list. Instead of sharing a lengthy list, we condensed the top 5 reasons that working out will make you more successful and effective.
1. Perform Better at Work
Studies have shown that working out makes people more effective at work. One study showed that people felt less stressed out by working out midway through their shift (lunch time) and that they were more productive after their workout. Excitingly, it also showed that people were all around more productive on their workout days; even before their workout.
2. Boost Memory
No matter what job you have, having a good memory is going to be an excellent tool to your success. Being able to remember deadlines, project details, customers names, etc. will give you a leg up over the competition. A study conducted in 2014 showed that cardio workouts such as jogging, cycling, or swimming increase one’s memory. This is attributed to the increase in size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Couple this with good, brain healthy fats and you’ll practically be limitless.
3. Increased Energy
"... working out can increase your energy."
Energy drinks are everywhere you turn. It seems that every supplement company has some sort of energy drink now. This is because so many suffer from not having enough. Whether it’s due to staying up too late with the tv or with a new puppy, working out can increase your energy. It would sound counterintuitive, but doing a slow, steady state cardio has been shown to regenerate the body. Intense cardio does not have this effect. The body’s energy systems can best be served by taking a steady stroll at about 100-120 heart bpm for 40 mins. Try this mid-day on a long day at work and see if you don’t feel much better. And if this doesn't work, try Extreme Fuel anytime during the day or before your workout for an extra energy boost, or add a scoop of Energizer to your favorite smoothie.
4. Have More Confidence
Fitness professionals know this fact all too well. People feel much better and carry themselves with more confidence as they become more adept at working out. This is something proven by research as well: people feel they look better from working out, even if there are no noticeable differences yet. Having the confidence to close a deal is vital to any professional.
5. Learn to Create (and Conquer) Goals
The most important benefit of all. The ability to not only create goals but follow through with them will carry you far through personal and professional life. The adage goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Creating detailed plans of what we want has been shown to be as much as 3 times more effective than just wanting it. In the gym: the people who achieve the most are those that both carry a journal, as well as premake/plan their workouts in that journal. It’s not just enough to log what you do in the gym, you also must plan it. This skill is invaluable to anyone: white collar, blue collar, or no collar.
Working out can make you look much better to yourself and others. The increase of strength and flexibility is enough to draw many people to gyms around the world but it’s more than just a place to get strong. The gym has been an excellent foundation that many successful people have built the skills they need to be the best in their field. If used correctly, the gym could be the most effective tool you have in becoming the strongest possible version on yourself; physically and mentally.
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