Fitness: The Secret to Success
February 17, 2014 / Category: Fitness Advisor
Do you ever think your work schedule can’t afford you the time to hit the gym? Well, what if I said you can’t afford to NOT workout in order to maintain a successful life and career? An article in Forbes suggested the success of come CEOs can be attributed to their active lifestyle.
The article features Nike CEO Nick Parker, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Sorry to those who like to sleep in, but the consistent factor in their fitness routine is the morning workout. They start their day anytime between 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. with a workout they claim powers them through a busy and productive day. But it’s not just a claim, it’s science.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a few reasons why morning workouts make you feel ready to take on the day.
Exercise boosts your energy. The secret behind your energy level lies in your respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The more active you are, the more able your heart and lungs are to receive oxygen and nutrients that power them through a long workday. Additionally, the strength you get from a workout improves your endurance – again, giving you the energy to work the 9 to 5, (or 7 to 6 for some of us).
Exercise improves your mood. In some of our previous posts, you may have read how exercise leads to the production of endorphins in your brain, making you feel happier. Additionally, it’s a good way to release stress or frustrations, and it makes you look better. Talk about a self-esteem boost, right?
Exercise leads to better sleep. For many, the worst feeling in the world is being woken up by your alarm clock, but why? Well, that’s because you didn’t get enough sleep, or you didn’t sleep well. Working out gives you a more restful sleep, which helps you wake up for that 4:30 a.m. workout. See how the cycle works?
Bottom line is, working out benefits you in more ways than just becoming stronger. It’s a choice that allows you to improve your success and overall quality of life.