We’ve all said it before, “I’ll exercise tomorrow, or next week, or eventually.” We put off our workouts to hang out with friends, watch a movie, or hit up happy hour. Many of us claim that we simply don’t have enough time to workout.
By putting off our workouts, we’re setting ourselves up for failure in the long run. We need to drop the excuses and make exercising a priority. Not only will we feel better and healthier today, but there are added benefits that can literally pay off down the road.
Long-term Benefits of Exercise
1. Live a long, healthy life. Exercise is key in controlling weight gain, lowering stress levels, increasing muscle strength, increasing energy levels, and lowering risk of heart disease and cancer.
You don’t need to turn into a gym enthusiast or a marathon runner to reap the rewards of exercise. Moderate-intensity aerobic activity can be just as beneficial. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 150 minutes a week (or twenty minutes a day) of this moderate-intensity aerobics, like brisk walking, lowers risk of an early death.
2. Intensify your focus. Aerobic exercise can improve your memory and ability to focus. The increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain facilitates optimal cell performance.
According to this article, physical activity increases the regeneration of new cells in the hippocampus, the section of the brain responsible for most memory formation. Recent findings suggest that aerobic exercise can also lead to increased hippocampal volume and enhanced cognitive functions. This means that not only is exercise good for your heart, it also increases your brain power.
3. Increase your income. A 30-year study of 5,000 male twins tracked which were active and which were sedentary. They determined that regular exercise correlated with 14 to 17 percent higher income levels.
This may seem like a coincidence, but the research suggests regular exercise forms characteristics that are valuable in the marketplace. Physical fitness seems to make people more persistent when dealing with work-related difficulties. It also increases engagement in competitive situations. These traits can give you leg up on the competition and give you the edge you need to land a big promotion.
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