If nothing else, focusing your attention on your body should be a welcome relief from financial, romantic, or work-related woes.
Chronic exercisers excel in their careers
If you’ve ever felt guilty for sneaking out of work to take a jog, put your mind at ease -- exercise has actually been linked to success for both workers and their companies. "There’s a lot of research that shows we’re more productive at work when we exercise," says Dr. Hibbert. "We face tasks with a fresh mind, instead of feeling burdened and overwhelmed. Companies that take exercise breaks together or promote exercise in the workplace find that employees are much more productive, find greater success, and have more satisfaction with their jobs."
Contrary to what your boss might believe, leaving your desk for an hour to pump some iron actually leads to more output from workers. One study found that workers who exercised for 30-60 minutes during the workday experienced a 15% uptick in productivity.
You'll sleep better
Habitual insomniacs are all too familiar with the frustration of tossing and turning all night long. But rather than using pills to hit the pillow, Dr. Sujay Kansagra, sleep health consultant for Mattress Firm and director of Duke University’s Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program, prescribes a healthy regimen of physical activity.