What impact does training and excercise really have on your life? Apart from the obvoius health benefits, and the possibility of a toned body, what other good sides are there? You will see that most top professionals follow fitness routines to improve their careers. What type of benefits do they enjoy that other people don’t?
Well there are several, but lets go over the top three benefits directly linked to intense workouts, that in my mind really stands out but don’t get the attention they deserve.
Increasing Your Energy Levels
Regardless of your interest in sports and fitness, you could agree that we need enough resources to achieve our goals, right? The more energy we have, the better we can make decisions, learn, take action, communicate, and innovate.
After your body adapts to your workout routine, you will have a lot more energy to use wherever you need it. Luckily, there are many training plans specialized for this intention. High Intensity Interval Trainings (HIIT for short) is a fast way to produce an energy boost while burning fat. They are super easy to get started with, and are plentiful on Youtube.
The clear advantage here is the simplicity, and as a beginner you barely need any previous knowledge or particular skill to get started. Practically any HIIT routine that you perform will do the job. The main principle to have more energy is performing short burts of high-intensity exercises for three to five days a week. And by short burts I mean no more than 20-40 minutes. If done correctly you won’t last longer than that anyway. Think you can spare 20 minutes a few times a week?
Squats, pull-ups, push-ups, bench press, and dips are perfect exercises to add for complete body activation. You can also get a bonus by including high-movement exercises such as lunges and the Farmer’s Carry.
I have gone from not working out at all to hitting the gym five days a week, and I absolutely love it! Having an abundance of energy at my disposal means I constantly find ways of getting things done that I previously never thought about.
High Intensity Focus
Exercising is by far the best method to activate your brain, so you can do high quality work for longer periods of time. The intensity that you give to your workouts can improve the blood flow and send more resources to the brain, improving your focus significantly.
When you include the fantastic habit of fitness in your life, it will also increase your levels of happiness, which indirectly relates to your work quality. When you perform physical activities your central nervous system produces endorphins and dopamine, which are your body’s own chemicals for pleasure and euphoria. Even in the psychiatric wards, doctors are known to prescribe long daily walks for the lightly depressed, just to boost their endorphin production.
Have you ever wondered why most successful people exercise in the morning? You may have heard of the importance of doing the hardest activities of your day first, which is why it’s optimal to start the day with an intense buffet of your favorite excercises . However, as that may not be everyone’s cup of tea, just go with whatever suits your life the best.
When you make workouts your first priority, you are building self confidence to conquer other daily challenges. It also improves your concentration, making it sharper and longer lasting.
Exercising Creates Life Balance
Some people believe that life balance is the perfect state to ensure the best progress in any area. When physical training becomes a part of your daily habits, you start to control your focus and willpower, which leads to that long sought after success with your goals.
It also sets the stage for creating really good habits, i.e. being more aware about the food you eat, getting that well deserved sleep, overcoming procrastination etc. The list just goes on, but I think you get the point
Basically, whenever you encounter a challenge, exercise is very likely to provide you with enough motivation an resources to get over it. In all honesty, if you have lots of energy, razor sharp focus and results to show for it, there are very few things in life that would stop you from getting what you want from life.
After looking at the benefits of fitness, it is evident that exercising is an effective way to vastly impove your productivity. The release of dopamine and endorphins to your brain that you get from physical activities just cannot be overstated, and plays a huge role in creating that sense of “feeling awesome”.
Most people never discover the importance of working out because they are not paying attention to the true benefits. Instead, they see exercising more of a way to look good and be more attractive, or reducing health problems, which are good objectives, but perhaps not exciting enough. I mean, don’t get me wrong, looking like a Greek God while holding sickness at bay totally rocks, but doesn’t necessarily speak to everyone.
Motivation, focus, and life balance are benefits that anybody can enjoy because it moves you closer to happiness and personal fulfillment. Exercise is for people who have high standards about themselves and pursue meaningful objectives.
It will make you more positive, blissful, and improve your perseverance. So why wait, go and allow yourself to become a better you, and get ready to reap the benefits.