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Using Exercise As Business Motivation

Dec 14, 2007
Of course, we all know exercise is good for us, even if we don't do it. It can help us stay at a healthy weight, increase metabolism, boost our immune system function, and so on. One thing many of us might not know, though, is that it's also good for business.

Why is this so? Because exercise keeps us healthier in general, we call in sick less often. It also boosts emotional health as well as physical health, so we are more motivated when we're at work.

How Does It Improve Motivation?

If you start a regular excise program, you have to be disciplined. Sometimes, it's hard to get started in the beginning, but it's generally easier to keep going once you've established a routine. You might even begin to look forward to it, since working out also boosts emotional health and increases "feel-good" hormones called endorphins. This means that once you get started, working out can be its own motivation. And ultimately, that motivation can carry over into the rest of your life as well.

Because exercise is an overall energy booster, it improves mental clarity as well. It makes us healthier overall, which lets us function better mentally. And it won't take long at all to see the effects. Within about two weeks, you should begin to see very positive results both physically and mentally.

If you're having trouble getting started, start small. A short walk can do amazing things without much effort at all. If you're frustrated or stuck on something, take a short break, take a brisk walk to clear your head, and then go back to the problem. Likely, you'll find that you've discovered the solution while you were out. It helps you refocus once you've taken a few minutes to relax and simply let your body move around a bit, as well as giving your mind or rest.

Finding the Time to Exercise

Of course, everyone's busy, and exercise is often a last priority. However, working out can actually make you more efficient, which will give you time for other things. The hardest part about exercise is getting started.

If you can, try working out early in the morning. This can give you a great start to your day by increasing alertness and feelings of vitality. If you work out early in the morning, you also get the workout over before you even start the rest of your day, which means after work, you can simply go home and enjoy your free time.

Many people work out after their workday is over, and this is fine. However, take care that you don't do it too late. If you work out too late, you'll interfere with proper sleep, since you have "revved your engines," so to speak, making it hard to calm down and go to bed. If you exercise later in the day, make sure it's at least two to three hours before you go to bed.

If exercising both before and after work is impossible, simply schedule "mini-workouts" during lunch or break times. You still get the benefits of exercise in smaller doses, and it will still increase your energy and make you more efficient. You might also find that the extra motivation in energy will let you get more work done in less time, so that you'll then find the time to begin working out before after work.

Exercising is a wonderful tool for mental clarity, positive attitude, and increased motivation. In addition to the other benefits it provides, this is a positive boost to your business. Give working out a try and see what it does for you.
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