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5 Ways Being Healthier Makes You Successful

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For success, you are willing to do anything; and by anything I mean whatever it takes. While this is perhaps the right attitude to move forward in life, sometimes it’s easy to forget just about how important other things are such as personal relationships, happiness and health, which you are so eager to sacrifice in pursuit of success.

Interestingly enough, these three necessities – and more specifically good health are central to success. Entrepreneurs have so much to teach you as far as it concerns taking good care of your body and mind as these two must work along together.  No matter how busy they are entrepreneurs still manage to find some time to look after themselves through daily exercising and healthy eating.

Apart from retaining good physical health and staying fit though, mental wellbeing is equally important. In this sense, practicing positive thinking is also an essential element to success.

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While optimists treat failure as a constructive and learning experience, pessimists look at it as it’s their fault due to lack of skills. Through his research, Martin Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania found out that pessimists’ health becomes worse much faster as they age in contrast to others. This suggests that pessimism is associated with a weakened immune response to illnesses.

As you would imagine, the opposite happens for those who manage to remain positive. Many studies have shown the connection of positivity and the impact it has on performance. Research was able to confirm that success can derive from positivity looking at the skills it helps people develop. According to Psychology Today, being positive enhances these skills that are considered as key to success:

  • Creativity
  • Negotiation skills
  • Careful decision making
  • Effective team working

Let’s take a closer look at how being healthy can actually make you more successful:

#1 It improves your memory

study showed that aerobics can improve your memory skills. Not only this type of exercise increases the volume of the hippocampus - which is the part of the brain that’s associated with memory and learning, but also helps protect your brain. If exercising is not your thing or you find you have limited free time to do so, the good thing is that 10-15 minutes a day is enough for you to feel the difference in your mood and productivity.

#2 It reduces stress

Being in good health means that you are stress-free and by being stress-free you ensure you are in good health. If you think about it, this actually makes a lot of sense. When you are perfectly healthy, nothing stops you from giving the best version of yourself and going after what you want as you don’t have anything else to worry about except meeting those goals. Also, since stress has a negative impact on your health it can cause more serious damage to your overall wellbeing and as such you will be more likely to fall behind at work and make crucial mistakes.

#3 It improves your productivity

There are a lot of things exercise can do and boosting productivity is one of them. Working out regularly will keep you healthy and help you keep your energy levels high. Also, it will keep you alert so that you can face any possible challenges at work or personal life more efficiently. Exercising increases blood flow to your brain that sharpens your awareness ensuring that you are always on top of your game and as such you are ready to move on to the next step along your way to success.

#4 It helps you make better decisions

Many studies have actually shown that physical exercise improves executive functions such as self-control, problem solving and decision making. This alone improves and enhances your critical thinking as well as your ability to assess situations more effectively. As one of the most common daily health habits of successful millionaires, working out - along with meditating, could just be their secret to staying healthy and efficient.

#5 It boosts your brainpower

Since retaining good health can help you do all this great stuff, you might be wondering why can’t it make you smarter? Well, as it turns out it can. Scientists suggest that as little as 30 minutes of exercising each day is enough to train your brain as to work more efficiently performing at a higher level within a short period of time. It essentially awakens your creativity and boosts your concentration levels giving you access to developing your most important skills.

See Also: 8 CEOs Who Made Their Fortune Before They Were 30

If you want to conquer success, it seems that you first need to work on improving your wellbeing. Since retaining good health is central to becoming successful, you should make sure you are taking good care of your body and mind by regular exercising, meditation and healthy eating. This means that you should make time for exercise and not forget to eat your apples!

Can you think of any other ways being healthy can make you more successful? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below…

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