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Benefits of Exercise

The benefits of exercise for busy professionals are too great to ignore. The list is long, very long. You have the ability to greatly improve the quality of your life. Please don’t ignore that.



Improved physical appearance

We could never have a “exercise benefits” article without mentioning this one. An improved physical appearance is one of if not the most common reason people turn to exercise. They want to lose weight. They want to gain lean muscle. And honestly, how can you blame them?


What does this mean in the business world? An improved physical appearance is going to land you better mid-year reviews, more networking opportunities, and a higher salary.


Look at those who excel at your company. What do they look like?


But why is this? Why does an improved physical appearance give you an edge in the workplace? It’s because when someone sees a person who has an attractive physical appearance, they subconsciously tend to like and trust them easier. Sounds a little weird, right? I know, but it’s just how the human race works.


Plus, your improved physical appearance is going to give you more confidence. More confidence leads to better performance and ultimately more opportunities and better pay.


Improved rest

Have you ever worked a 12 hour day? If so, you know how easy it is to get to sleep when you finally settle into your nice comfy bed. The body just shuts down because it’s totally and completely exhausted.


Exercise gives you a very similar effect. I sleep like a baby on days that I exercise. Not only is it easier to fall asleep, it’s easier to stay asleep.


So if you’re one of those crazy insomniacs, give exercise a shot. I bet you’d be surprised how much it could help your sleeping patterns.


Better rest leads to additional productivity in the workplace which not only benefits the company, but your career too!


Less stress and anxiety

As a busy professional, one of the biggest challenges we face is balancing our work life with our home life. There’s meetings to attend, deadlines to meet, kids to feed, extracurricular activities to go to, etc. If allowed to get out of control these activities can smother us, sending our stress and anxiety levels through the roof.


This is exactly where exercise comes into the equation.


When you take time to exercise, it’s all about you. It’s your time to unwind, relax, de-stress, and take care of yourself. You don’t have to worry about feeding the dog, cooking dinner, or cleaning the house.


Just make sure that when you’re exercising, you focus on exercising. Turn off phone notifications, turn down calls unless its an emergency, and keep chit-chat to a minimum. Your body deserves to be taken care of, and it’s not fair to your body when you’re distracted.


It’s so important to take time for yourself everyday. It’s not selfish, it’s smart. When you take time for yourself everyday it makes you much more able and willing to accomplish all of the other things you have to do in your day, stress and anxiety free!


More energy

You might think exercise leaves you feeling exhausted and will make you want to be a couch potato for the rest of the evening. But it’s actually the exact opposite.


A great exercise session makes you alert, peppy, energetic, focused, and clear-headed. And that 2:30 feeling? It no longer exists (sorry 5 hour energy).


I could be feeling zapped of energy all day and as soon as I exercise, I get my energy back. Moving the body around and getting the blood flowing helps the body run more efficiently, which allows more energy for other things.


Incentive to eat healthy

It’s funny to me how people that live a sedentary lifestyle typically eat less healthy, whereas people that are interested in keeping themselves fit eat much healthier. It just goes with the lifestyle.


You’ll notice as you get into exercise that you’ll actually want to eat healthier. I know that sounds crazy, but that’s exactly how it works.


When you’re fueling your body with healthy fuel you will think clearer, recover faster, get sick less often, feel more energetic, and have way less stress.


Take a look around the office and tell me who’s getting sick all of the time. What kind of foods do they eat? Do they exercise?


Eating healthy has an enormous number of benefits in and of itself. And exercise gives you the incentive to do it!




1 on1 Strong, Inc. 2017