It’s not always easy to sneak in exercise, especially given your jam-packed schedule, but shedding weight can seriously pay off—in both your personal life and professional endeavors. When you feel good about how you look, you’re more confident, and that makes a huge difference in how you present yourself and how you’re perceived. It’s like a trickle effect: your clothes fit better, your mood improves, and folks around you start to notice. Here are some professional benefits of weight loss and feeling more confident in your skin.
1. You’ll Have More Energy
Are you sick of feeling so tired and sluggish that you just want to take a quick, midday catnap on your desk? While it might seem (and feel) counterintuitive, one of the best ways to prevent lethargy and fatigue is to get moving. When you exercise, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins that help keep you moving and feeling happy overall. And what’s the best way to get this natural boost of happiness? Regular exercise! One study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic found that healthy adults who exercised at least 20 minutes three days a week were less tired and more energized than those who didn’t.
2. You’ll Get More Done
If your schedule is already jam-packed, carving out the free time to exercise might not seem feasible, but it’s in your best interest to try—if not for your own peace of mind than for your job’s sake. There’s a good reason why most CEOs and successful businesspeople are in great shape; it boosts their productivity. When you’ve already exercised, be it the night before or the morning of, you know you’ve exerted your necessary amount of physical activity for the day. This sets you up to conquer your to-do list.
3. You’ll Have Better Posture
The benefits of weight loss are plentiful when it comes to your physical stature. Everything from sitting up straight to walking with your spine properly aligned becomes easier—even habitual—and you place less pressure on your joints. Another added perk is you look far more professional. When you’re sitting slouched and wrapped over your desk, it sends a signal to your boss and the rest of your coworkers that you’re tired, less alert, and not 100 percent prepared to perform your job to the fullest. You send the opposite message when you’re sitting up properly. As an added bonus, good posture usually means your basic core is strong, as the Cleveland Clinic demonstrates.
4. Your Mood Will Improve
Remember those feel-good endorphins? When you’re taking care of your physical body and getting your heart rate up on the regular, your brain gets a serious boost of these neurotransmitters, leaving you in a way better mood, according to Healthline. Think back to the last time you exercised. Maybe it was difficult getting through that workout, but once you were finished, how good did you feel? Chances are it gave you a welcome pep in your step. Now imagine walking into the office with this good mood—you can bet it will show in your professional performance.
5. You’ll Be a Better Presenter
Getting up in front of your colleague or perhaps your entire company can be nerve-racking. But when you feel good about how you look and your energy is bolstered by regular exercise, you’re going to feel more comfortable in front of the crowd. When you’re not focused on whether or not your clothes fit you right, or whether or not you look heavy or bloated, you’ll narrow your attention level down to what’s important: the message at hand that you’re trying to communicate during your presentation. As an added bonus, you feel more confident, which your boss will definitely appreciate.
6. You’ll Feel Your Best
While exercise is important for your physical, mental, and emotional being, it’s not the only solution to help you achieve your fitness goals. After all, everyone is different, which is why everyone loses and gains weight differently. In other words, you might have a more difficult time than your neighbor when it comes to staying slim—and that’s OK, but it sure is frustrating. For those having trouble shedding pounds, there are thankfully other solutions that promise to improve your appearance and boost your confidence in the process. One of those includes advanced laser lipolysis procedures, like Smartlipo®, a minimally invasive solution that permanently removes fat cells in the treated area, with little downtime (aka limited to no time off work!).
Of course, weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all journey. You might have certain stubborn areas on your body that won’t budge no matter your fitness or dietary plan. Still, shedding pounds isn’t impossible no matter your situation, and there are hundreds of tools at your fingertips to help you in the process. At the end of the day, confidence is key, but doing a little work to help boost that level of confidence, especially where your job performance is concerned, is always helpful!