The single most important thing you can do to crush it in your work life is workout. Start your day with a workout and everything else that unfolds that day will be better. This is not an opinion this is a fact!
A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the importance of running and physical activity on brain health. The article referenced studies that found the appearance of new neurons at a rate of two to three times compared to sedentary groups of adult rats after running on a wheel or treadmill. A related study compared different types of exercise as they related to neural generation and found high intensity intervals, strength training and running all lead to increased neural generation in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain essential for memory and learning. Although all three types of exercise were beneficial, distance running was found to be the most beneficial in terms of neural generation in the hippocampus.
Motivational speaker and all round life guru Tony Robbins talks about “changing state” by doing physical exercise. He frequently discusses the idea of getting physical to provoke a positive, courageous mental state. This can be done if you are in a negative state and need to turn things around or if you simply need to elicit a certain state to be more productive. Who doesn’t need a more productive state when starting their workday? We all do!
People who engage in physical activity as a daily practice have known this intuitively forever. The act of getting physical just makes you feel better. Exercise releases endorphins, which can elicit a feeling of euphoria similar to that produced by opioids. Exercise increases blood flow to muscles and the brain, strengthens your heart, increases energy levels, lowers blood pressure, improves muscle tone and strength and strengthens and builds bones. Working out literally helps you arrive at work in a healthier, stronger and more energized body.
Many athletes who take part in endurance events are hard working professionals who not only understand the benefits of physical exercise but also understand the benefits of having goals. The physical part of their lives may take time during the day but it ultimately makes them far more successful and productive in their work life.