I’ve been pretty fortunate in my life to be able to learn from the best. That’s why, whenever someone asks me how I was able to reach what I’ve reached, it almost makes me angry, this question.
Seriously, dude, the answers are all out there, just google it and then follow through!
One of these topics is working out and getting enough active time in your daily schedule. Basically, the logic is this: for around 95% of human history, we had to rely on our ability to run and walk long distances, climb trees and carry weights. Naturally, our homo-sapiens bodies have evolved to facilitate those needs, and it has worked pretty well so far.
However, the rapid technology and society advancement of the last couple of hundred years has made human life a lot more sedentary. Often enough, you don’t have move a single muscle besides your fingertips to achieve most of your daily tasks.
This is when our bodies start to underperform, and even break down. See, we’re designed and hard-wired to be physically fit, since our survival has depended on it for tens of thousands of years. The evolution hasn’t yet adapted to the digital age.
But really, you don’t have to know the underlying logic, you can just listen to what successful people tell you.
For example, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Cuban all say that exercise is a crucial element of their business success.
Me, personally, I work out because of these three reasons:
- It gives me more energy throughout the day. While it might seem like you ‘lose’ an hour a day spent on working out, in reality, you’re actually gaining two extra hours of productivity. Anything worthy requires energy, and active workouts will give you tons of cumulative energy over time.
- It increases my mental capability. Working out is actually the best predictor of mental processing ability in humans. Some studies say that people who work out are able to process information up to 25% more quickly than those who don’t.
- It’s intact with my principles. I know this must sound silly, but I’m a principle-based person, which means that my happiness depends only on whether or not I stick to my principles. As it happens, working out is one of those principles, and I highly advise making it one of yours, too.