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6 ways a workout equals success


In a culture obsessed with getting the job done, we’ll let just about everything else fall by the wayside on the road to success. The problem is that when we lose sleep, neglect our diets and don’t take valuable time away, we fall farther away from the peak shape that directly contributes to being successful.

If you need a reason to step away from your desk and step up to the treadmill, Andrew Heffernan has six reasons to give you that extra push.

Stress Case

…“When you’re chronically stressed, the normal daily cortisol cycle can flip,” says Tom Nikkola, CSCS, CISSN, director of nutrition and weight management for Life Time Fitness in Chanhassen, Minn. “This can leave you barely able to get out of bed in the morning, but too keyed up to sleep at night.”

Though it may seem like a minor, inevitable annoyance to the ambitious white-collar warrior, sleep deprivation actually comes with a steep economic price. One 2004 study estimated that sleep disruption of various kinds cost Australia more than $4.5 billion annually in the form of lost work, reduced productivity and accidents — 0.8 percent of the gross domestic product…

Reclaim Your Brain

“When you’re stressed, your brain busies itself trying to keep you safe from threat — real or imagined,” says Sascha du Lac, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego. Self-preserving thoughts can monopolize the brain space that could otherwise be used for scanning your environment, accessing memories and relating to other people.

Fortunately, physical exercise can help heal and hone the very same mental abilities that are sabotaged by everyday stressors…

Full story at Care2.

Success = health.

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