The Inner Path to Success
1) Build a Better You
——> Research shows that people who exercise regularly rate higher in confidence and self esteem. Remember, you don’t need to be the CEO to look and lead like one!
2) Overall Mental Health & Mood
——> Daily exercise releases chemicals into the brain, better known as endorphins, which reduces anxiety – leaving you feeling happier and improving your ability to handle daily work-life stress. We all could use a little less stress and little more success and happiness am-I-right?
3) Mental Toughness
——> During a hard workout, the same endorphins that are released to alleviate anxiety and stress also regulate pain and stress to the physical body. Thus, creating the famous and euphoric runners high. Similar to morphine, it is rumored to act as an analgesic and sedative – psychologically diminishing your perception of pain, and increasing your tolerance levels and mental toughness.
4) Emotional Clarity
——> Exercise is shown to improve emotional clarity. After a good workout, you should be less stressed, helping you think more clearly, and enabling you to more easily prioritize tasks at hand. Feeling the wrath of a micro managing boss, pesky co-worker, or ever increasing pressure of others? Instead of blowing your top, think about using exercise as a good way to keep yourself emotionally grounded, centered, and calm.
5) Stay Cognitively Sharp
——> Along with endorphins, exercise is known to releases proteins into the brain, improving it’s structure and overall cognition ability – keeping ones thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp. Research also shows that even regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and sweat glands pumping appears to also boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involve in verbal memory and learning. So the next time you need to take an important call, write a critical email, or have a high level meeting – be sure to make time for a good sweat.
6) Get Better Sleep
——> Having trouble sleeping? Fall asleep faster by exercising 60 minutes per day! Good workouts are known to help boost energy usage.The next time you find yourself unable to sleep, try getting in a good workout in to roll into bed with your energetic life tank on E.
Is there any correlation between a good sweat and greater work life success?
When thinking about the value of exercise we tend to focus on the physical benefits: lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, or a more attractive physique, but what about our overall work life performance? According to the New York Times, the ideal daily dose of exercise as per current government and health organizations calls for about 150 mins (2.5hrs) of moderate exercise per week. Those that meet this guideline enjoy a list of life enhancing and longevity benefits as well as meet the criteria for being 39% less at risk of dying prematurely than those who never exercise.
Unlike medicine, exercise does not come with dosing instructions.So what is the recommended amount?How much should one exercise to live an optimally performing life? Well, the same researchers also pin pointed the sweet spot for health benefits to be found with those who tripled the recommended dose of weekly exercise from 150 minutes up to 450 mins/week (7.5hrs).
Now, it is important to say that it is possible to over exercise, so make sure not to over do it. Do plan to incorporate adequate rest and recovery into your weekly habits to keep your mind, body, spirit feeling and performing optimally!
Read the full New York Times article—-> HERE
Even machines break down without the proper maintenance. The mind, body and spirit are the same. To live an optimally performing life, it’s important that we recognize the importance of rest, recovery and reflection in our weekly routine. Like machines we can’t operate 24/7 without the proper maintenance.
The same can be said about the human body to avoid break down and maintain peak performance levels. Greater success in any area comes from frequent and reflective idle time to improve processes.
It’s very important to ask the body and give it what it needs to recalibrate it’s internal system. We must give it what it needs to help it upgrade it system to a higher level and or maintain the levels you already demand from it.
The weekends are a perfect time to do this practice. Instead of rushing out the door to do that chore or make those brunch plans you’d rather not go to, stop for a second. Ask yourself what do you need to do today to honor your body, mind, and spirit? How can you support it to find balance this weekend to help it avoid breakdown and inefficiencies in the coming week?
Are you prioritizing your growth? As an executive and founder, I know the road to success is as equally rewarding as it is emotionally, physically, and intellectually taxing. Often times, as a result we (knowingly) neglect our wellbeing and/or close off certain areas of our life in last minute sprints to “stay focused” to meet pressured timelines and or demands. This, all in the name of maximizing business growth and to produce desired results for our bottom line. But what happens when these short term habits are multiplied and maintained long term? To what end and at what costs do these short term survival habits have on us?