There's a popular AT&T commercial where a man asks a group of children, "When it comes to being better, what's better, being better or worse?" The children shout, "Better!" And after some comical banter between the children and the man, the commercial ends with: "It's not complicated. Better is better."
So, here's a question for you. When it comes to being happy, successful and fulfilled, what's better, a better life or a worse life?
Assuming you shouted, "Better!" I can now tell you how to achieve that better life: Exercise!
Before you roll your eyes and stop reading, let me explain. If you exercise and get in better shape, your life will almost certainly improve. And in more ways than you think.
I'm not just talking about being better physically. But let's start there. It's common knowledge that people who exercise tend to have lower blood pressure, lower resting heart rates and lower cholesterol. They are less likely to get heart disease, have strokes, heart attacks and most forms of cancer. They even tend to get fewer colds, infections and stomach viruses, and are less likely to call out sick from work or school. And, because physically fit people are more in tune with their bodies, when something is wrong physically, they are more likely to discover the problem early on and deal with it before it becomes a bigger problem.
But that really is just the beginning. Name the topic and people who exercise are likely to be better in it:
Wealth: Studies show that people who workout are more likely to have higher paying jobs, with better benefits. They report more job satisfaction, tend to be promoted more quickly and tend to have more money in savings.
Happiness: Those who are fit physically are also more stable emotionally and more grounded spiritually. Did you know that in many studies exercise is just as effective or even more so than medication in treating some forms of depression? And that suicide is much less likely for people who have a healthy body fat percentage?
Love: Active people are more likely to be in satisfying relationships than unfit people. Studies show that even divorce rates are lower for people who exercise regularly.
Sex: Those who are fit report more sexual satisfaction and are less likely to need medications for sexual arousal.
Beauty: People who exercise not only have less fat and more muscle tone; they also tend to have better hair, skin and nails.
Want more? Studies show fit people sleep better. They eat better. And they even have more friends.
Now, I'm not saying that everyone who starts exercising after years of inactivity will suddenly be rich, successful and will meet the person of his or her dreams.
Page 2 of 2 - But if you go from being unfit to fit, you give yourself a chance at better life, in more ways than one.
It's not complicated. Better is better.
Frank Shelton is a certified fitness trainer and owner of The Village Gym. He can be reached at (302) 376-3060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.