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Exercise’s Career Benefits

I write a lot about exercise and staying healthy, while also focusing on career learnings. So I thought it would be interesting to see if there was a correlation between exercise and career growth. Exercise provides the benefits of mental and physical health, and morning exercise gives workers an edge.

In the recently published book, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, coauthors Tom Rath and Jim Harter examined the qualities and habits that contribute to high levels of wellbeing in the social, career, financial, physical, and community elements of life.

When it came to daily habits – morning exercise is hard to beat.  Studies show that a 20 minute workout can boost your mood for hours afterward. Morning exercise also helps make you more productive and give you more energy throughout the day.

I find it easier to motivate myself to the gym in the morning if I do have plans after work or if I know it’s going to be a busy day. And in all honesty I feel more productive and happier on those days. I should probably do it more often.

How do you motivate yourself to the gym in the morning?

The Young Professional, Time Off and the Blackberry