Committing to improving your fitness is a huge step in the right direction. Fitness is obviously important to improving and maintaining your health but it will also have positive impacts in all areas of your life. Fitness isn’t only about looking good or being able to fit in a pair of jeans. Your overall health will improve if you’re in shape. Your mind will be sharper and you’ll feel more energized to tackle whatever is ahead. Your overall productivity will increase and you’ll reap the benefits in your work life and home life.
Here is why improving your fitness will increase your productivity:
1) You’ll Feel More Energized
This is the most obvious reason – being fit will put your body in good shape. When your body is in good shape, you’ll feel more energized. You will be able to get a lot more done, especially during those long days at work.
2) You’ll Be Less Prone to Illness
Good fitness will strengthen your immune system. If you’re constantly getting sick, it could be because you’re not taking care of your body. Eating healthy and working out will make you less prone to catching a virus. Less sicknesses means more time to focus on things you need to do.
3) You Can Relieve Stress
According to the MayoClinic, “Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries.”
If you’re feeling particularly frustrated, angry, or nervous about something, a good workout session can really help you get your mind off of it and release some of that pent up stress.
4) You’ll Have Better Memory
Exercise isn’t only beneficial to your body but your mind as well.
As it turns out, consistent exercise will make your mind sharper and more alert. Good fitness will can improve your memory, which is important in almost every aspect of your life. If you’re constantly forgetting important deadlines, it’s possible that you’re too fatigued or lethargic.
Check out this April 2013 New York Times story for more information about two recent studies that show the positive impact of exercise on memory and brain function.
Improving your health and fitness takes more than just wanting to do it. Fitness is just as much about mind as it is about body. The hardest part it committing to it and getting yourself to do it. What are your fitness goals? Often times, people create very vague goals, such as “workout” or “eat healthy”. If that’s the case, it’s pretty much the same as not making goals at all. Fitness goals should be measurable. Lose 10 pounds? Run 5 miles? Workout 5 times a week? Whatever it is, make sure it you hold yourself to it.