Health & Fitness

5 Reasons Why Getting Fit Can Benefit Your Career and Financial Bottom Line

New York Smash Magazine  

Photo Credit: Dmitriy Shironosov | 123RF.com

Photo Credit: Dmitriy Shironosov | 123RF.com

By Kate McKay


 

We have all heard it: we all know that getting fit and increasing our exercise level is essential to boost our overall wellness, but what most people don’t realize is that their fitness level can also boost your career and financial bottom line.

Many people sacrifice their health and wellness for their career; they find themselves too tired from a long, stressful day to make a healthy meal or fit a workout in, but, in doing so, they are also sacrificing their bottom line.

As a business coach and fitness trainer, much of my client coaching begins around a conversation and assessment on how my client’s life balances out. More often than not, what I see is that when their financial house is a mess, their health is often suffering as well, including: weight gain, bloating, insomnia, and through-the-roof stress levels.

Can you relate?

If so, it’s time to take decisive action and commit today to turning your health around to improve both your quality of life and your career.

Here are five reasons why getting moving today will open the floodgates to professional growth and financial flow:



1. Increased vitality leads to greater productivity.

A British study performed by Leeds University showed at least a 15 percent boost in productivity and increased time management skills in participants who exercised during the day. With that kind of increase, whether you are an employee or entrepreneur, that increase will certainly have a boost on your financial impact within your organization.

What you can do: Commit to the exercise of your choice for 30 minutes per day, four times per week. Doing what you enjoy will have a direct result on your ability to commit to leveling-up your fitness, with less resistance and more joy. And, the added perks of greater recognition and potential cash flow.

2. Enjoy a big ole’ spoonful of “feel-good” hormones to boost your energy and inner peace.

Stress makes us sick. Stress cause a litany of side effects including bloating, weight gain and hypertension, all of which negatively affect your personal and professional lives.

It is time to issue a cease-and-desist order on your stress level. The best way to take action is to immediately push yourself away from your desk and get moving. Experiencing the thrill of endorphins or what some call the “runner’s high” will keep you coming back for more: more energy, more peace and an overall level of positivity that will make you come back for more. Your team members will notice, and so will you.

What you can do: Oftentimes, we need to push through resistance to get started. This is part of the game. Be clear on why you want to be fit, create positive images of your life as a fit and financially secure “you,” and move towards that image. You deserve it.



3. Having more confidence boosts your money flow.

As a coach and fitness expert, I am constantly asked, “How can I be more confident?” And this is what I tell them: Confidence is an inside job. It’s not about ego or arrogance —confidence is a result of developing a deep awareness of who you are and what value you bring to the world. It starts with how you value yourself and this amazing body you were given.

Confidence creates all kinds of magic in every moment you live and breathe. Confident people are attractive people. You can spot them a mile away. People want to hire confident people. They want to date them, serve them and buy from them. Studies have repeatedly shown that confident people are more positive and healthy in all areas of their life, including in their fitness and financial flow.

What you can do: Start by valuing yourself in such a profound way that people begin to take notice. Decide today that your self-care is your top priority, because you are ready to have a greater impact on how you show up in the world. Decide today that your health is taking center stage, because you are ready to level-up in your career and serve your greater purpose, which you know, with 100 percent certainty, is burning inside of you. And if this desire includes greater financial flow, bring it all on!

4. Push through resistance for a win-win in your fitness and your money.

As a competitive athlete, I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that nothing brings me into my alignment with my goals better than staying committed in my training. Exercise pushes me in ways that make me uncomfortable. Much of what we need to do to be successful in business is in that “uncomfortable zone.” I have had some of my biggest breakthroughs in my business just after hitting some personal PR’s in the gym. You can, too. The question is: do you want it badly enough? I think you do.

What you can do: Today, it’s time to play. Set up a fitness goal that puts you in that “uncomfortable zone” and go do it. Yup, today. After you have achieved that goal, take action in a part of your business that you have been procrastinating on or resisting doing, even though you know that it will increase your bottom line. Now, go nail that, too. Watch your mood and feelings of being a rock star soar.

5. Deeper self-awareness leads to a clearer sense of purpose.

Being fit and taking your self-care to another level changes you as a person. I hear it all the time from my clients. And it is not really just about your body or the money. It’s about gaining a deeper understanding of who you are and how you show up in the world. It’s about becoming crystal-clear on who you are spiritually and how you came to serve the planet on a global level. You are worth that level of attention. Your dreams that lay dormant inside you are that good. Isn’t it time for you to birth them and share your full-on gifts with others?

As Transformational Speaker Lisa Nichols states, “Be prepared to be inconvenienced by your dreams, goals and aspirations.” Step into your greater health and fitness, and be prepared to see other aspects of your life lift up along with it. Enjoy the ride!

Please share with me any stories of your journey. I love to hear from you! E-mail me at kate@kate-mckay.com.