Think you’re getting it? If a workout isn’t in your rotation, you’re losing.
According to new research released by Freeletics, fit people are the ones truly living their best lives. This isn’t about having killer abs or chiseled biceps, it’s about having a regular, dynamic workout regimen that’s burning calories…and stress. “The survey findings validate our hypothesis that a holistic approach to fitness can have a positive effect on other areas of our lives in addition to our bodies,” says Daniel Sobhani, CEO at Freeletics. “If we look more closely at the mental effects that fitness has, we can even see that those who exercise regularly were also more likely to rate their own happiness level a 10 out of 10 compared to the group that rarely or never exercises. This truly underlines the fact that the positive effects of exercise go far beyond the purely physical aspects many focus on.”
If looking and feeling on point isn’t enough motivation, here are some other highlights.
You’ll Make More Money
It’s easy to be happy when you’re making $25K more than the rest. According to this study, working out on a consistent basis creates tangible results, namely out-earning others. Folks who worked out a lot reported earnings about $25,000 higher than those who didn’t. (Let’s not miss the obvious here—if you make more money you can also make time to workout, and afford a world-class gym.)
You’ll Get It In More
Researchers found that exercise and increased sexual activity were consistently connected. About 34 percent of those who put in work at the gym also reported putting in lots of work in the bedroom weekly, compared to 15 percent of those who didn’t work out.
You’ll Feel Better About Yourself
Actively socializing—going out, networking and dating—was reported at high rates among those who invested time in improving and maintaining their physical health. The study also found that people who regularly exercised had better outcomes when it came to friendship, with larger circles of good friends.