“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.”
Our bodies are a direct reflection of the decisions we make. Do you know that your physical health speaks volumes about your character?
Do you ever think about what your body says about you? Tiny says delicate, big says powerful. Shapely says sexy, slumbed shoulders say weak. Broad shoulders means confidence, and a six pack is the holy grail of sex appeal.
How about what your body says about your health? “Frequent urination, maybe diabetes” or “Puffy legs, looks like water retention” or “Too much weight around the middle, might be heart risk.”
Do you think your body says something about your character? “If I had any willpower, I’d lose 20 pounds” or “I’ve built the physique I want and I clearly have my life under control!”
Think about how you perceive people. Why do you think that most people on TV are models? So that we keep watching. Would you follow the advice of someone who is overweight? Would you listen to someone who has poor hygiene? Probably not. If I walk into a doctor’s office and the doctor is overweight I will change doctors because I know that that doctor does not take care of themselves so how can they take care of me.
When I was at the lowest point of my life I was short, fat, and weak. I had no confidence and people knew it. I was constantly picked on and girls didn’t even look at me twice. I knew I had to figure something out. That is when I decided to become stronger. I decided that I was going to change my life by changing my physical appearance and guess what? It worked.
Focusing on my own physical health made me stronger mentally, physically, emotionally, and also allowed me to be more focused on all of the other areas of my life.
We all know (or should know by now!) the physical health benefits of exercise. But what about its other effects?
- Physical exercise improves your mood. Research has proven what Dr. Paul Dudley White said many years ago, “A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” Studies on depression and anxiety all indicate that a regular exercise program is as effective in avoiding and relieving symptoms of depression or stress as popular drug interventions.
- A good workout can sharpen your mind. Studies show that exercise can improve everything from academic performance to problem-solving skills to memory. The American College of Sports Medicine found that the productivity of people after exercise was an average of 65 percent higher than those who did not exercise. If I have something that’s really bothering me, so much that it almost hurts my head to try to sort it out, I always find the solution in a puddle of sweat! Intense exercise is like taking a magic pill that gives you the ability to solve problems like a superhero.
- A fitness regimen will improve your sex life. A Harvard University study looked at 160 male and female swimmers in their 40s and 60s and determined that “regular physical activity was associated with more frequency and enjoyment of sex.” In fact the “swimmers in their 60s actually reported sex lives comparable to those in their 40s.” Various studies from places like the New England Research Institute, University of California at San Diego, and the Harvard School of Public Health have studied the issue of impotence. They found that a) men who already exercised regularly were less likely to experience problems with impotence and b) sedentary men who began exercise programs reported “more reliable sexual functioning, more frequent sexual activity and orgasms, and greater satisfaction.
- Exercise can help you sleep better. I can’t tell you how many people tell me they have trouble sleeping. Apparently, about 35 to 40% of all US adults have problems falling asleep or with daytime sleepiness. The journal reported a national study of more than 2,600 men and women, ages 18-85. The study concluded that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week translated into a 65% improvement in sleep quality.
Training relieves stress, improves sex, makes you smarter, and helps you sleep. It makes you feel better, look better, and creates a domino effect in your life.
Having a fit body makes people respect you. It tells people you prioritize your health, that you have will power, and that you can delay gratification so that you can attain higher levels of achievement. This will translate into better relationships, more opportunities, and an overall improved quality of life.
The beautiful part about life is that you can create the one you want. Whether you realize it or not you are in the driver’s seat.
So if you’re unhappy with what you look like, what kind of job you have, or a relationship you are in, stop complaining and start training your way into the life you dream of living.