Daily exercise is important for our body and mind – We all know that, right? But statistics from the U.S. Health and Human Services show that only one in three adults achieve the recommended amount of physical activity each week, which is at least 30 minutes each day.
By: Tatiana Cortes
With our busy schedules: work, family and social commitments, who has time for a regular workout routine? Skipping the gym seems like the most reasonable idea, but we got it all wrong! Regular physical activity not only has many positive health impacts, but it also improves our productivity – Something imperative as an entrepreneur. Let me explain, working out at least 30 minutes a day will:
Keep you alert and focus
Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and that sharpens your awareness. Studies show that people who exercise on a regular basis have a higher brain growth rate – Adults who don’t neglect the gym have more brain power than those who choose to be inactive. Exercise improves your alertness, focus and ultimately improves your job performance.
Helps you handle stress better
Exercise helps improve mental health by providing clarity to better handle stress effectively. Exercising reduces cortisol levels (the body’s stress hormone) while sweating reduces endorphins that help your mind relax.
Kick up your energy level
Most the cells in your brain contain something called mitochondria. The purpose of this component is to produce the energy that your body needs. Exercising causes your body to develop more mitochondria, which leads to you having more energy.
Can spark a breakthrough idea
Exercising triggers a burst of creative thinking, even if it’s just going for a walk for 30 minutes. As soon as you start moving, fresh ideas can emerge.
Help you find your optimal work-life balance
Statistics show that people who manage to stick to their regular exercise routine experienced less trouble finding an optimal work-life balance. Structure activity helps you become better at time management and more confident in your ability to pull off the demands of both, work and home.
Makes you happier
Exercising boosts secretion of endorphins and serotonin into your body. A study from Duke University showed that depressed adults who started to
exercise had the same positive results as those who took antidepressant Zoloft –Endorphins and serotonin are known as natural cures for depression.
Evidence shows that exercising boosts your mental abilities like enhanced creativity, quicker learning, sharper memory, and improved concentration. So, walk to that second closest coffee shop, use your Fitbit or download a step tracker app, find a workout buddy, or enroll in that new cardio sculpt or Zumba class. Make it happen!