What is the first thing that pops up in your head when you hear about physical activity?
- A need to sweat off pounds in the gym?
- A boring chore you do weekly just to stay in a good shape?
- Another element of your busy schedule (that you wish was at least a bit more fun)?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this article is for you.
Unfortunately, today a lot of people find a sport is the boring thing, but in reality, even a little bit of physical activity daily can significantly improve their lives and careers.
Do not believe that this is possible? Here comes the evidence!
How much exercise do you need to succeed?
The Business News Daily has reported that a group of Israeli scholars has studied this question. They took more than 1,600 workers and broke them into four groups based on the time they worked out weekly.
After nine years of regular checkups and researches, the group concluded that “Optimal results were experienced when a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise time a week was met by workers. Additionally, the authors found that depression and work burnout rates were the highest in the group that did not exercise at all.”
How exactly can physical activity help you in life and career?
Boost your brain power
There is a connection between the physical exercises you do daily and your brain power. The scholars state that people who do their morning exercises or take short breaks in between work to sweat in the gym are much more likely to succeed in their careers. The thing is that your brain keeps growing new cells when you exercise.
LiveStrong states that “It’s thought that exercise stimulates the production of a brain protein called Noggin, which drives the production of neurogenesis and stem cells. Running increases the brain’s ability to grow new cells, and the more miles that you run, the more new brain cells you can grow.”
And as a writer, you cannot really put a price on this fact!
Reduce the stress levels
We all live in a fast-paced world. And we all need time to relax, leave our worries behind, and free our minds from all the informational noise we are surrounded by. And that is what physical activity is perfect for!
When you exercise, you are focused on the task you are dealing with at the moment. You do not worry about things but instead work hard on those moves your trainer wants you to repeat. And as a result, your brain switches its focus and gets some rest from the regular stress it gets.
Besides, the elements that are produced by your body when you exercise help your body to lower the level of adrenaline. Thus, next time, instead of worrying about an upcoming deadline or a writer’s block you cannot overcome, go to the gym to relieve stress and get your ability to think clearly back.
Improve your sleep
It is a well-known fact that physical activity helps those people who suffer from all kinds of sleep disorders. No wonder children sleep so well: they live an active life and constantly move. So, when the time comes, they fall asleep as soon as their head touches the pillow. If you usually have troubles with falling asleep, then you need to hit the gym. We promise the results will surprise you!
Enhance your memory
Studies have shown that when we exercise, we boost our learning and memory capacity.
Thus, Harvard Health Publishing states that “regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.” Thus, not only you become healthier physically but also stimulate your mental health.
Strengthen the self-discipline
You do not always run to the gym or count the hours until the end of the day to go and shed several unwanted pounds. But you know you need to. So, you get your act together and exercise.
And that is a step forward to success: you train self-discipline and develop other traits that are of high value! Being disciplined helps you achieve better results at your college or at work. And if you want to grow in this area, join the gym!
Get the energy you lack
It sounds almost controversial: how can sweating at the gym and working hard gain you your energy back? But it is truly so: you feel much more alive and energetic after you exercise.
No need to drink four cups of coffee in the morning now: just plan your gym training first thing in the morning – and you will feel as good as new before you start your working day!
Clear your mind
Going to the gym is your chance to be alone with yourself. It is that perfect opportunity to put your work aside and concentrate on something radically different.
As a result, you leave the gym renewed and fresh: no more work rush or anything like that!
Learn how to set goals
Exercising can also teach you how to set realistic goals. It is the basic thing.
If you want to be in a good shape, you need to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound).
And that is a skill you can transfer to your daily work. As a result, you succeed at your work, because setting goals and achieving them is one of the basic responsibilities of any employee out there.
Physical activity is connected to your life and writing career directly. There is no way around it. Therefore, you cannot afford sitting all day: you need to make room for exercise in your busy schedule.
Do not miss out on a great opportunity to boost your life and career with a useful habit of working out regularly.