From the former President of the United States Barack Obama to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, one trait many successful people share is that they exercise regularly. They believe working out is pertinent to their respective successes. They make sure to incorporate it into their daily schedules alongside essential business meetings. If you ask me, I’m 110% in agreement with them!
I love keeping myself active. I’m always up for climbing the meanest mountains, diving from clear blue skies 13,000 feet above ground level, or taking on any other adventure that challenges me both physically and mentally. For me, the adrenaline rush I get from such intense experiences is far better than a thousand days of peace in the most tranquil place imaginable.
If you understood the way I feel after a vigorous gym session, you too would wake up to the sunrise every morning just to make sure your body and mind get the refreshment they need.
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Regular Exercise Melts Our Stress and Worries Away
Along with many obvious health benefits, exercising is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. It improves blood circulation and the delivery of oxygen to our brain. This in turn increases the production of endorphins.
Endorphins are happy hormones that are responsible for the good feelings we experience after a workout. They also cause the “runners’ high” many athletes describe. This is a feeling of euphoria coupled with reduced anxiety and the lessened ability to feel pain. If you thought exercising causes tiredness and exhaustion, you thought wrong! It does the exact opposite, helps clear our minds and adds on to our energy levels, allowing us to accomplish what we set out to do on any given day.
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Regular Exercise Gives us a Confidence Boost
When we run that extra mile or hold a plank a lot longer than intended, we train ourselves to excel beyond the limitations that we previously set for ourselves. Our confidence levels get a big boost as we sharpen our body and mind into believing we can accomplish anything we want to.
This mindset reflects in other areas of our personal and professional life. We begin to set bigger goals for ourselves and strive to fulfill them, no matter what it takes. Eventually, we will find ourselves doing things we would have once thought was far-fetched, just as our beginner selves might have imagined that running a 10 KM race was almost impossible.
Regular Exercise Helps us Become Goal-Oriented
When we exercise, we often do so with an aim in mind. We might want to reduce our body fat percentage, or perhaps tone our muscles. Whatever it is, when we stick to a regular exercise routine, we will undoubtedly see results and changes in our physique. The progress we make will naturally prompt us to raise the bar we’ve set for ourselves and put more time and effort into exercise.
Working out cultivates a hunger for growth, and over time, it builds up a momentum that keeps us going.
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As someone who suffered depression for many years, I have seen firsthand the remarkable effects of brain-positive, mood-regulating effects of regular exercise. The fitter I am, the stronger my mental acuity and outlook are. There is no doubt that activity is incredibly powerful for both the mind and body.
We’re awake for at least sixteen hours every day. Spending just one of those 30 minutes to one-hour exercising is the most important thing we do all day!
About Andres Pira – Philanthropist, Real Estate Tycoon, Author, Speaker, and Global Citizen, Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
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