Are you and your employees unhappy with your performance at work? Do you get negative auras from your co-workers? Do you feel like sometimes you don’t have the energy to fulfill your duties as expected? These are just 5 ways that have helped me feel better at work.
A career change can be a difficult decision to make, so sometimes as working people, we must look to fix these problems internally. Quitting is easy, but dealing with the fallout of a lost job can prove to be life altering. But learning to overcome the obstacles in your career will lead to self-fulfillment and experience that is valued by both yourself, your peers and your superiors.
Our physical form plays a part in how we function. Even our minds are dependent on our physical wellbeing, just as much as our other organs. Enhancing your physical form can elevate any facet of your work performance.
Who you are and what you can do all starts internally, and you can start to amaze yourself with how much better you can be at your job with just a little more exercise.
Working is hard. No matter what you do, or how long you’ve been doing it you have probably come to at least one moment in your career that had you deflated.
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For a regular nine to five person, it is the dreadful three o’clock dead period, a time perfectly far enough from both your lunch break and quitting time. A time when every minute, every second feels at least three times longer than it did this morning, and those last couples hours become a valley of mental fatigue.
And for those that have the misfortune of even longer shifts, or in some cases multiple jobs, every hour can feel like the three o’clock hour.
It’s called the daily grind for a reason, and we will likely live with it until the day we retire or civilization fails (in which case we will have an entirely new grind to worry about) yet there is still greater fatigue yet to be discovered.
Now for those with strenuous lifestyles, the idea of seeking out new fatigue is probably a nightmare. But keep in mind, for those who can regularly participate in 20-mile marathons in the blistering heat, making it past three o’clock is light work.
Now that doesn’t mean you have to run 20 miles every day to make working easier, but a greater physical form can lighten any fatigue, mental or physical. Cardio is only one way of achieving this.
For those that don’t get regular exercise, the treadmill is a good place to start. Push yourself, see how long you can go on the treadmill without stopping. You can run, and you can walk but above all work up a sweat and see just how far you can push yourself.
Biking, swimming and lifting weights can also all play a part in conditioning yourself physically and mentally. You will have more energy and more tolerance for the strenuous nature of working if you start to exercise.
2. A Competitive Edge
Professional athletes like Lebron James and Sidney Crosby have the privilege and responsibility to compete on the big stage as a career, but the competition they participate in is only the most literal example.
In truth, we are all competing. We live in the age of capitalism, businesses compete within an industry, entire countries compete financially, and of course, there is bound to competition within the workplace.
There is no reason why you, out of all your co-workers can’t seize the opportunity at a promotion, a raise, more hours, or even just the compliments of your boss.
Now you probably don’t need to condition yourself to the same extent that a professional athlete would stay competitive in your field, however, your will to compete, and competitive drive can be strengthened in the gym.
A key factor in how exercise can make you more competitive is actually hormonal. It has been proven that exercise, predominantly weight lifting increases testosterone. Not just in men, but in women as well.
Testosterone is the hormone that has driven competition throughout all of human history, and it can, in turn, make you more competitive in your job. However testosterone is only one element in making you more competitive, there is also psychological aspects to it as well.
When exercising you are naturally competing against yourself, and those around you whether you know it or not. It is in nature of those who work out to try and improve on previous feats, whether it is cutting time off of your mile, benching more weight, or doing more sets.
Now applying this to your job can make you more productive than you ever thought. Going to work with the ambition to outdo your co-workers will make you a more valuable employee and adding that edge to your job will motivate you and make your career a more compelling aspect of your life.
I can tell you first hand that working out, especially with your friends will make you a more competitive worker. When I played football in high school, everyone was trying to outdo each other, and it was just a part of the nature of being an athlete.
We were trying to outdo each other in the weight room, on the field, and even in the locker room and the competitive edge I acquired from working out with them lent itself to the success I had in my first job.
I started working at TJ Maxx when I was still playing football and my will to compete made me one of the most valued employees they had. I wanted to outdo everyone of my co-workers, and it paid off as my reputation as a cashier got me corporate recognition and it all started in the weight room.
Hopefully, you can apply that competitive edge from exercise to a more substantial career than a TJ Maxx Cashier and get you recognized as a valued employee.
Whether we like to admit or not, we live in a shallow society. One’s character and the quality of their work should never be judged by their appearance, however as mentioned before we are all competing.
We make decisions based on imagery, and it is instinctual for any species to be drawn more to the image of a healthier looking specimen. We don’t even realize this but it is a harsh reality, and there is no reason why you can’t take advantage of it.
Shedding excessive fat, toning your muscles, and improving your posture can also lend itself to making you more comfortable and confident in your own skin, and garnering a greater level of respect from your co-workers and bosses.
A fit and more toned physique also opens the door to greater wardrobe options. The dress that would have been too tight and revealing at 180 pounds can now be cemented as a cornerstone uniform in your work routine at 150 pounds. The muscle shirt that just didn’t look quite right on you before you started lifting is now the most reliable part of your wardrobe.
Make no mistake, a beautiful body is no replacement for actual efficiency as a worker, but it can’t hurt your reputation around the office. But more than anything, the aesthetics that come with regular exercise are likely to be of greater benefit your own self-image. People will accept you at your job regardless of your health, but showing up will be easier when you know you look good, and you are confident in yourself.
And as unfair as it may seem, there are simply some positions out there that are reserved for those that play it easy on the eyes. As mentioned before we live in a shallow society, and we respond to appearance even when we don’t realize. You see it on TV, you see it in magazines, and you’ve probably seen it in public.
And what you don’t see is what you often hear about, someone getting promoted over someone else due to their visual advantages, someone being chosen to represent a business based on the presence that their appearance demands, yeah it happens. But just because it’s unfair doesn’t mean it has to be what stops YOU from getting to where you want to be.
If you already know you are comfortable with your appearance then that is great, you should respect yourself and feel confident about who you are, but there is nothing wrong with admitting to yourself that there are imperfections you want to address. It doesn’t make you shallow or insecure. It means you are self-aware and ambitious, qualities that employers often look for. It’s never too late to get to the gym to improve your own self-image.
Hopefully, this article reaches a broad audience of people in a diverse variety of fields. If so then there is certainly an advantage for everyone that comes with frequent exercise.
Whether it is lifting and carrying a heavy load, having the endurance and energy to perform an extensive assignment on a short deadline, or simply having the physical presence to demand attention in a room of people, there is an advantage in any job that comes with being in shape.
Surely there have to be some tasks out there in the world that are reserved for the obese and sickly, but those opportunities are sure to be rarer than the ones presented to those with good health.
Versatility is one of those valuable qualities that can’t really be defined by a college degree, but being readily in shape is still noticeable to your employer. The ability to perform tasks based on your health can be the aspect that gives you the leverage to demand a higher salary, the X factor on your resume, or just a bit of extra job security.
The versatility that comes with good health probably won’t result in a single huge advantage in your job, but is more likely to lead to a bevy of small advantages that add up, and ultimately make an impression on your bosses and co-workers.
For me, my physical strength contributed significantly to my value as an employee when working at TJ Maxx. Often I would be the only one in the store capable of carrying furniture out to customer’s cars. Sometimes they’d even tip me, but overall nothing makes you more secure about your position than knowing that there are tasks that no one else is capable of doing.
5. Overall Health
If anything, exercise will help to deter the many health related obstacles that may cause problems in your job performance. The most prominent example would be that those who frequently exercise are at a lower risk of getting sick, meaning fewer sick days.
But there is a bevy of other examples that can help take away many of the health-related risks that may jeopardize your position, as well as provide numerous benefits to general performance.
Exercise can contribute to reducing stress, help you make decisions quicker, and adjust to new environments. All of these can go a long way in improving your job performance. This is by far the broadest benefit of exercise as it can have positive effects on several aspects of several different types of jobs.
Even if you participate in a profession that doesn’t benefit from exercise as much as others, it couldn’t hurt, and you should do it regularly as better health will generally make you more valuable as an employee.
Our employers, our families, and our friends are always going to need us, and we are always going to need our bodies. Elevating our physical form will ultimately elevate our minds, our willpower, and our confidence.
Whether you’re looking to get a promotion, or just make getting out of bed every morning a little less painful, you could definitely do a lot worse than a couple trips to the gym.
One Last Message
Don’t let anyone get ahead of you, don’t let social construct get in the way of your success, and most importantly…
Become Better At Being You.
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