Your trainer: Zane Hadzick is a NASM certified trainer, bodybuilding.com and Nutriabio athlete.
It’s pretty much impossible to ignore the benefits of regular exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they include increased bone and muscle strength, better sleep, improved weight management, reduced chance of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, improved mental health, increased chances of living a longer life, a better sex life, and much more. Stock standard stuff that’s a base level requirement for being a human being. However, the primary perk you get to enjoy from exercise is feeling better. No one is going to complain about that!
This list of benefits is very familiar and may even have annoyed you as you read it because you hear it so frequently. You unquestionably understand the benefits, but often you still need more encouragement, incentive, or motivation. Have you already tried various cheap tips and tricks to stick to your fitness plans? Well, maybe it’s time to think outside of the fitness box. Maybe it’s time to stop focusing on just the familiar benefits directly related to physical fitness. What if you were told that by building confidence in your fitness goals, you could also amplify your work and home life, and be more successful there as well? That’s right. Be a better worker, leader, spouse, parent, friend, coach, whatever it may be! Sound too good to be true? But this can be your truth. You can be better at any or all of these things and that is the unwavering truth! Building your confidence in the gym, in your yoga practice, or whatever your fitness routine may be, will enhance your self-esteem, productivity, and self-efficacy!
Your mind and your body are a two-man basketball team who feed off each other’s success. According to a recent study in the >International Journal of Sport Psychology, it was found regular physical activity (insert your fitness passion here) was an effective way to build self-confidence. What’s more, a study in the >Journal of Clinical Psychiatry revealed how exercise increased both cognitive function and self-esteem. The great news, this self-confidence boost, increase in self-esteem, and improved cognitive function isn’t limited to just that physical activity; it builds confidence in other aspects of your life. So, by actively working on your fitness – through both short- and long-term goals, you are teaching yourself how to excel in other parts of your life. Interesting, right? Well, let’s dig deeper into the new science. Another study in the >International Journal of Workplace Health Management demonstrated that exercising not only improved your well-being, but participants in the study also noted an over 70% improvement in time management and workload completed on days when they exercised. Exercise made them better and more productive employees. It’s not a stretch then to think that productivity benefits would spill over into your home life as well. Here’s more – research in the >Journal of Happiness Studies and Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences revealed physical activity made people happy – it’s a simple as that. And it’s safe to say that whatever group you are in or around, it’s always more pleasant to be around someone who is happy. This has a massively potent impact on your value in the workplace, home life and how you perceive yourself.
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The anecdotal evidence is off the charts as well. As a National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer, I have worked with countless clients who have validated the benefits above. I’ve worked with teachers, financial specialists, emergency responders, lawyers, students, and many others – and, as they built confidence in their fitness programs, they also reported a noticeable boost in confidence and performance in their respective work and home lives. Need more convincing to give it a try? How about this? It’s completely free to try it out. So, what are you waiting for? Go out there. Find the physical activity you love. Build confidence in it and reap the benefits in all aspects of your home and professional life. It’s the substance that’ll let you seek out new adventures and help take your life into increasingly positive directions.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm
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Ashish Sharma, et al. (2006). Exercise for Mental Health. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry, 8(2): 106. doi: 10.4088/pcc.v08n0208a
Coulson, J.C., McKenna, J. and Field, M. (2008), “Exercising at work and self‐reported work performance”, International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 176-197. https://doi.org/10.1108/17538350810926534
Zhang, Z., Chen, W. A Systematic Review of the Relationship Between Physical Activity and Happiness. J Happiness Stud 20, 1305–1322 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-018-9976-0