Have you ever noticed that when you read articles like ?25 Things Successful People Do,? ?The Morning Rituals of The Highly Successful,? or ?Join the 5 AM Club? you always find that they take their exercise regimen very seriously? ?There seems to be an overall belief that successful people hit the gym–and hit it early.
I?m of the belief that high achievers believe in the power of exercise. ?There are some obvious benefits such as better overall health, lower stress levels, and improved confidence. ?The list actually could go on, but hopefully, you see where I?m going.
I?ve always been amazed at how the greats achieved their success in sports. ?I remember watching SportsCenter a long time ago, and former running back for the San Diego Chargers, LaDainian Tomlinson, was speaking about his conversation with the NFL?s All-Time Rushing Leader, Emmitt Smith. ?He spoke about how Emmitt Smith was telling him how important it was to take care of his body to be successful in the game of football.
Now for most of us, that type of intensity doesn?t apply, but there?s something we can take away from this. ?We may not be in the backfield of the Carolina Panthers, but at the end of the day most of us are competing somewhere, it could be in the job market or even in the classroom.
My point is we?re all competing on some level, so why not take every advantage you can? ?We know the obvious benefits of exercise, but what if your fitness program made you smarter or improved your brain function?
Would you make it a priority? ?Yes, of course, I?m sure you would.
The other day I was listening to NPR, and there was a segment about a person’s fitness level and the development of brain cells in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for your memory function.
Researchers have known for a while that the brain responded to exercise in a positive manner, but the exact cause has been unclear. ?Now studies are showing increases of a protein called Cathepsin B in blood levels as a result of exercise. ?This is interesting because the growth of Cathepsin B resulted in improved memory and performance level of the people that were used in the scientific study.
If you like, you can read it yourself (link).
I just wanted to take the time to share this study with you, there are so many reasons to take care of yourself, but to know that exercise sharpens your mind is another check in the pro category.
So many people take their health for granted, but we really shouldn?t. Let?s re-wire why we workout. ?Instead of getting motivated to work out to look a certain way, let?s do so because of all the benefits. ?The right kind of motivation is much easier to maintain.
Let?s get to work and sharpen those minds.
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