We’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating: to stay motivated for the long haul in fitness, you need to understand your why. For a lot of people fitness is boiled down to the aesthetic; looking good at the beach. That’s fine if it’s what motivates you to get into the gym, but for many of us there comes a time when looking good isn’t sufficient motivation. We start a different phase of our life like college or a new career, and let our fitness slide. That’s bad for a number of reasons. Your health will always matter, and here’s why:
It keeps you focused
Pop quiz: what’s better. working for 8 hours straight or working for 7 hours with a 30 minute jog in the middle? Surprisingly, people who take breaks to exercise are actually more efficient at their jobs. That’s probably why exercise is a huge part of CEOs and other high end employees’ routines. This is obviously a huge benefit if you’re a knowledge worker of a student. It might seem like you just don’t have the time to get some exercise done while you’re charging head first into your career, but don’t give in. Taking some time to prioritize exercise will pay dividends later.
You’ll have more healthy days
Boosted immune system and less buildup of fat and plaque in the body are huge contributors to short and long term health. In the short term, improved immune system function has you missing less days due to sickness. That’s more time getting things done at work and at home, and less time eating chicken noodle soup while you feel awful.
Long term it means you’ll have a far better quality of life when you’re older. When it comes time to enjoy the results of all the hard work you put in during your working years, you want to do just that; enjoy it. Taking care of your body even when it’s not convenient will pay off when you’re in your 70s and 80s. Try to remember, looking back on your life you’ll never regret the time you spent working out, but you might well regret the time you spent eating Doritos and binge watching Netflix.
It reduces stress
This is a big one, and maybe even the biggest one for a lot of modern professionals. We are all stressed. And contrary to popular belief, there’s really no such thing as “good stress”, at least from a health perspective. Stress causes you to age faster, be less healthy, less productive and generally lowers your quality of life. Short of leaving society to be a cave dweller, you can’t really escape modern stresses, but you can manage it. And one of the best ways to manage stress in your life is through regular exercise.
So, if you find yourself contemplating skipping the gym, cancelling your fitness club memberships or reaching for the cookies your coworker brought in, don’t give in. Fitness is an important of your life, and the work you put in at the gym will make you a healthier person, better worker and a more focused person. In short, the kind of person who can tackle anything and come out on top.
Need help getting motivated in the gym? Let us know. We’re here to help, and we’re always excited to be part of your fitness journey.