The Bellwether January 1, 2024

The Symbiotic Relationship Between Exercise, Business, and Happiness Business demands and personal aspirations often collide in today’s world. Finding the right process to manage work and happiness can be daunting. However, a growing body of scientific evidence and compelling case studies suggest that there is a powerful tool at our disposal—exercise. Beyond its well-known physical benefits, regular physical activity has a profound positive impact on business success and overall happiness. A well-rested mind is more creative, productive, and resilient in facing the demands of the business world. The Science Behind Exercise & Happiness

She worked with a personal trainer and Next Crest for over two years to reshape her next decade. Losing over 140 pounds was life-changing in and of itself. However, that doesn’t often complete the happiness equation. She took up her childhood dream of becoming a ballroom dancer. That hinged on her remaining at a dancer fitness level. Over the last twelve months, Izzo has kept the weight off by exercising daily. She is competing in Las Vegas in an International Ballroom Dance competition and has grown her business to over $30 million in annual sales. Not only did it elevate her life and business, but her family started following her lead by exploring their happiness factors. I asked Izzo if her business would have seen this growth without her significant health journey. She quickly responded, “Not in a million years!” More than the money, she is living her childhood dream of wearing ball gowns and dancing with renowned

Before delving into the impact of exercise on business success, it's essential to understand the science behind how physical activity can boost happiness. When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, often called "feel-good" hormones. These natural mood elevators reduce stress, improve mood, and increase our quality of sleep. Stress reduction leads the way as to what we find of immediate benefit. Numerous studies, including a meta- analysis published by the American Psychological Association, have shown that regular exercise significantly reduces stress levels. When stress is managed, individuals are better equipped to focus on their work, make sound decisions, and foster positive relationships. Sleep runs a close second to stress in our happiness. Exercise has been linked to better sleep quality, as reported by the National Sleep Foundation.

If we put the data aside and look at real results that prove the claims, we can get a front- row seat at our happiness as we grow in life.

Case Study: $10 Million to $30 Million and Down 146 Pounds

To illustrate the impact of exercise on business, let's examine a first-hand case study —prominent real estate leader Amy Izzo. Izzo was running a $10 million real estate practice near Chicago three years ago. She weighed over 400 pounds and ran her business based on her physical abilities. That is to say that she never showed a client a two-story property because she struggled with climbing stairs. There was a grave point in time when she knew something must change. She was not happy or living to her potential.

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