By Andrew Heffernan, Experience Life
Itís 8:25 p.m.†and youíre working late. Again. The boss has gone home, along with most of your coworkers. But not you: youíre still chained to your desk, and youíll probably be there for a while.
Over the last few months youíve been cranking through work, though. Youíve pulled ahead of your competition, and you figure a significant promotion ó along with a bigger paycheck and more responsibility ó is right around the corner.
Sure, you feel rundown and youíve put on some weight. But you just havenít had much time to sleep, much less shop for and prepare healthy food. And the prospect of squeezing in a workout when there is so much to do seems laughable.
Hereís what you tell yourself: Iíll work out when I clear these projects. Iíll sleep after I get the promotion. Iíll start eating better when the kids start school.
Itís a scenario familiar to many of us: too much on our plates, not enough hours in the day, and a persistent feeling that any time away from work means lost time, money and accomplishments.
Many of us have been brainwashed into thinking that stress and poor health are the price of success. We may even see our rundown bodies as evidence of our unflagging dedication to the demands of our careers.
New research shows that this zero-sum view of work and working out is flawed. Far from detracting from your productivity and efficiency, regular exercise can make you smarter, and more effective, resilient and successful. And this is true whether your ďprofessionĒ involves tackling corporate mergers or taking your kids to soccer practice.
In addition to helping you look and feel better, time invested in upgrading and maintaining your fitness repays itself many times over in ways that psychologists, brain experts and other researchers are only beginning to understand. And putting even a little effort into upgrading your health and fitness can have a surprisingly dramatic effect on your professional performance.
Need more convincing? Read on.