What Does Being in Shape Have to Do with Success

Why do some people get obsessed with diets and fitness? Why do some want to lose weight, while others want to gain? Why do bodybuilders eat 5-6 times a day and go to the gym almost every day?

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These questions are usually asked by people who aren’t in a good shape, who have tried many times but nothing seems to work for them.

Maybe they are still trying to get fit, have given up or have never done anything for their body. But one thing is sure, they wonder what makes those people – the obsessed ones, the fitness lovers, the diet maniacs – so successful. Maybe it has something to do with being in shape and working on yourself…

If you have worked hard to get in shape, then you know about all the other advantages and positive changes it brings in your life. This is just one of the steps you have to take to reach success and the beauty of this journey is that once you are on the road, you can’t go back. You just keep movingΒ  on, leveling up, achieving goals, aiming higher and dreaming bigger.

Here is a list of some of the many advantages that being in shape has and how they are connected to success:

1. Confidence.

You can’t be successful without being confident with who you are, how you look and feel. And sport and eating right are the best ways to start looking at yourself from a different angle. You will start speaking with people more confidently, that will affect your social life and relationships. People will start taking you more seriously. You have a better chance of finding your soul mate because you will communicate freely and more often with others. All these are crucial for overall success.

Β 2. Will.

Getting the body you want requires a lot of time, dedication, hard work, patience, food restrictions, doing things you don’t want but you know you have to (like going for a jog instead of sleeping one more hour). What can help you build your willpower better than that?!

3. Results.

Seeing results will be the turning point of your journey to success because for the first time you will realize that you can actually achieve something and improve yourself. This will motivate you to work even harder, accomplish more and you will believe in yourself more than ever. This will affect every other aspect of your life and you will soon see big changes.

4. Habit.

After all success is all about habits. We become what we repeatedly do and think and things like going to the gym, having healthy breakfast, eating super foods and other things we do daily, will eventually create the habit of building habits. Then we will start getting up early, learning something new every day, go to bed earlier, speak in a better manner, read and write more, etc.

5. Better Living.

Eating less, taking vitamins, cutting down processed foods, working out and drinking plenty of water will keep you in the best physical and mental condition. This will make you think clearer, be more productive, active and healthy, live longer and happier and with all that, your chances of succeeding are better.

6. Focus.

Sport and healthy food help you concentrate. You focus on your goals – which is one of the most important characteristics of leaders and successful people – and make reasonable decisions.

So you see there is a lot more to working on your body.

People who try to improve it may seem obsessed, but they are actually determined. You may think they have no other interests, but this is just their passion that revels many others.

So don’t judge them, try to understand them, admire their dedication and learn from them. They know what they are doing and it is much more than eating right and exercising – they are developing their body, mind and soul.

What else can you suggest? Share your opinion in the comments below.

Lidiya K

Lidiya K

Author, blogger and podcaster in the fields of self-improvement and life hacking. Creator of Let's Reach Success.
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  1. I couldn’t agree anymore with this post. It is so true that our whole attitude changes when we are working out and being productive. Since I started blogging, I have been more motivated than ever to get back in shape and be productive. I feel so much better working out and my attitude has improved tremendously. Great post and never stop pushing πŸ™‚

  2. I agree with this 100% I love working out and I find that not only do I get some of my best business ideas while working out, I also have a lot more energy throughout the day to be able to focus on the task at hand! Great post! Keep it up!

    1. Thanks for the comment!
      It is the same for me. I feel productive at the gym because I try to do my best there, and then my whole day is more energetic, I’m concentrated on my tasks and everything is worth it.

  3. Reblogged this on elifeadvice and commented:
    Lidiya makes some very concise points over the relationship between being in shape and being successful in this interesting post. Granted not every successful person is in shape and not every in shape person is successful but there is some truth to be found in the albeit cliqued idiom healthy body, healthy mind.

    1. I’m glad you like it!
      You also made a good point. I agree and with that post I want to: 1) tell successful people that if they aren’t in shape they still haven’t achieved success in an important aspect of their life, 2) help those who don’t know where to start, and 3) encourage people who are trying to improve their body that they are doing the right thing and can become successful and reach every other goal they have as well.

  4. Hi Lidiya, thanks for stopping by my blog! I loved what you had to say here about how working out can help you be who you want to be. As you read in my post, I never had the motivation to do anything, but now that I’ve been working out I have motivation to do everything, even on days that I’m exhausted… Like today! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi! Thanks for sharing your opinion.
      I feel the same way. And unfortunately there are times when I stop working out and this results in lack of motivation to do everything else. But I realize I’m off the track and do my best to follow my previous daily routine.
      Good luck with staying motivated. Don’t forget that you’re not alone in your battle.
      Have a great day full of motivating and inspiring things.

  5. You’re so righ with this post! πŸ™‚ Everything is possible if you try & work for it πŸ™‚

  6. They really come in handy together. Being in shape is like the icing on success. πŸ™‚

  7. Excellent and inspiring presentation! You explain very well how getting into shape propels a person into a head-on collision with the aspects of our life that are stealing LIFE from us. Thank you for stopping by to like my recent post – I’m so glad I had the opportunity to benefit from yours!

  8. WOW omg I adore your blog, it’s so positive and full of awesome, useful info, I’m following you hehe, hope you don’t mind as I can’t wait to read more! Hope you have an awesome weekend! Auds πŸ™‚

      1. boo-ya feeling special hehe… πŸ™‚ It’s actually like 1am here on Sat now oppsie, need to get my butt to bed me thinks hehe… So happy came across your blog, totally made my night yaya… πŸ™‚

  9. Thanks for this post. I have only recently set out on my fitness drive, and have decided to blog about it to push me to continue. Already, however, I feel the urge to do something, because I already feel better, not to mention the potential future benefits of losing weight and becoming more fit. The physical benefits of exercise are well documented, but the mental side does not seem to get enough publicity!

    1. Thanks for commenting!
      I’m glad that more and more people are becoming aware of that. Congrats on having made the first step of your journey which is also the hardest – the beginning. I wish you every success with your fitness adventure, weight loss and blogging. These are 3 things I’m also working on.

  10. What an awesome post! I have already started to notice the changes of being in shape as I work hard to go from being out of shape to in shape. I also enjoy your writing style. It flows very well. Thanks for liking one of my recent posts as well!

    1. Thank you! I loved your blog and will be visiting it to follow your progress. Even its name motivates me and reminds me of the many others that are trying to change and improve themselves for the better.
      Good luck and have a great day!

      1. Thanks! I am glad I am able to motivate you. I will continue to post my progress as it happens. Good luck to you as well.

    1. Of course! And is does come from the heart, but unfortunately some people find it difficult to ignore all the negative energy around us and concentrate on the harmony, faith, positivism and love. And what helps them find all that are outer factor – like being in shape, communication, health, particular happenings, motivational and inspirational moments.
      All this is just something to push them and remind them of how wonderful human beings are, what are we capable of and that happiness is supposed to be so simple and easy.
      I hope you didn’t get me wrong.
      Have a magical day.

  11. Awesome way to put it! For me Confidence is #1. Life and Relationships are on a higher level when you have that.

    Control is another one. In life so many things are beyond our control and are dictated by the things around us. Our health is the one thing that WE have master over and that peace of mind is a great feeling. πŸ™‚

    Awesome post! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot!
      I agree with everything you’ve said. That is why I put confidence as benefit number one. Without it we can go nowhere. Control comes with time and once we get it, nothing can stop us.
      Have a great day!

  12. Each time I logging I learn something new. I must admit that I have been lazy of late working on myself. Excuses of ‘no time’ have cloud my judgement. With this blog. It will get this dude back on the road to better health again. Thanks Lydia.

  13. Stability: Back in 2003 I was a recovering alcoholic and recreational drug user without a job and no real future. I started playing American Football in 2004 and it changed my life. I stopped taking drugs and drinking and I put the rest of my life back together. Since then I’ve gone on to become one of the top coaches in my sport (In the UK, so that’s a very small pile to be near the top of) and have put together a very successful career in social care as well.

    Awesome post (your’s not mine)

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting.
      I’m so happy when someone adds another advantage of something and uses his own experience as proof. Thank you for that too. I haven’t thought of that simply because I haven’t felt it but I now there are many more positive sides to be found.
      Take care.

  14. Thank you for this post, it is so true!

    I am just starting to make this journey myself. At 30 and after seemingly endless failure and lack of motivation, energy and dedication to stick at something I am learning through physical exercise, and the boost that this brings to so many aspects of life, to finally become positive.

    I was diagnosed with depression last year, and believe to have suffered with it for a lot longer than this, but exercise and focusing on developing my physical fitness is really helping me to become more motivated, more focused and energised and (most importantly) more positive!

    I believe that it is a crucial factor to happiness that EVERYONE needs! It’s benefits are self evident, but if you doubt that then please think on why it is that I was *prescribed* 12 weeks of training at the Gym by my GP Doctor for the treatment of my depression! …and it’s REALLY helping, I’m finally starting to be able to get my life in order!

    Stay fit, stay strong and be happy! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for that wonderful and inspiring comment!
      I’m glad you gave another evidence of all the benefits of being in shape and one more time made me and the others believe how important it is.
      You’ve been through a lot but become a positive person again and I’m sure you’ve worked hard to get back on your feet. Now you can only move forward and improve yourself.
      Be strong and happy too and have a great day.

  15. Oh my word this post is dead on! When I am moving my behind every day my energy is so much better and my thinking is so much sharper. I love how I feel in my body too: stronger, more able and definitely more attractive. The scale doesn’t change too much for me regardless if I am exercising or not but my mood certainly does!

    1. What a positive comment! Thanks for visiting my blog.
      I see you’ve already felt all the advantages of training. My advice is to ignore the scale. Instead, be grateful for what you’ve achieved so far and that you look and feel great. Congrats on your progress so far.
      Have an active and cheerful day!

  16. This was really great. I am a Beachbody coach and have experienced the transformation you described exactly. Health and fitness have changed my life and I am trying to help as many others as possible. I will be following your stuff. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the comment.
      What you do sounds great. It’s amazing that you help others reach the body they want. The more you give, the more you receive.
      Take care.

  17. Reblogged this on Victoria ELD and commented:
    This is a nice post about the mental and physical benefits of being in shape.

    Being in shape means that your mind and body are in top condition

    1. Thank you for reblogging my post!
      It also means that our mind and body work together and they both get stronger every day.
      Take care.

  18. I am going to definitely share this via Twitter. Thank you for the amazing read. In all, life is a series of dominos! Keep posting (:

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting!
      Nope, more like a fitness fan. Let’s say I’m just a writer who is trying to lead a healthy lifestyle and to level up life.
      Thank you for assuming that as well, I’ll take it as a compliment.
      Take care!

  19. Hi Lidiya..what a great post and very true! For a healthy lifestyle, there is nothing better than being fit. Hope u didn’t me mind sharing and re blogging it.

  20. Wow, quite a feat holding onto that tree! Very impressive! Good for you to be in shape and know how to stay that way. I never could do something like that even when I was 20. Now I am going to be 69 and still exercise at least five times a week for an hour or more. Don’t have the 20 year old body any more but it is not too bad. I would like to lose 20 more pounds but it is extremely hard since my metabolism is slower than a snail’s pace. What can I do to rev it up without taking any chemicals? Less food, more exercise?
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate the support. I will follow you.

    1. Thank you for following me!
      It’s great that you still exercise 5 times every week. Keep going! But working out is more about health and a good looking body. When it comes down to weight loss, though, the magic happens in the kitchen… or should I say out of it.
      The best thing to do is to keep eating pasta, rise, bread, potatoes and other carbs to a minimum. These are actually my favorite foods, but I try to limit that intake. Try the Paleo Diet, read about it on the Internet and decide whether it’s good for you, or not. But always try to eat more veggies and fruits. And drink plenty of water.
      Take care and good luck.

  21. i dont have any tips to share but since the deltoid problem is improving for the better and that i have not been to the gym in over one week i am getting restless to return to the daily workout, my body needs a good stretch! good read

    1. I understand you! It’s great that you have formed the habit of working out regularly so much, that your body itself wants to see those machines in the gym again. Keep up the good work!

  22. Thank you, Jeff! I love getting comments from you and I always know you mean them. Stop by to say hi whenever you want.
    Take care!

  23. Didn’t read ALL the comments, so might have missed my particular favorite reason for being in the best shape possible: it feels good. My personal “secret” for starting to exercise is to do it every day, just to the point where you start to feel warmed up & good. You start with positive feelings about itand also don’t hurt yourself by over-exerting when you’re out of shape. Then the feel good benefits start to accrue and you work harder to feel better and feel better because you worked harder– and so on.

    1. You’re absolutely right! And if something is healthy and makes us feel great, it should definitely be in our to-do list every day.
      Thank you for the insight.

  24. Thank you for dropping in to visit my blog, though I am probably the worst exemplar of the lifestyle you advocate! I agree with the principles, however, so long may your message be heard!

    1. Thank you for your comment.
      I still haven’t met the perfect exemplar, to be honest, and am not sure if he exists. But everyone can approach this lifestyle by making small changes in habits.

  25. Thank you for visiting Always On The Run. It’s nice to know I am not alone πŸ™‚ …Mac

  26. Really good message– very motivational. We sometimes forget how success in one area can spill over into another. I’ve dedicated myself to really getting productive this summer. Unfortunately I’ve never been very good at getting into or staying in shape. I’m going to really try: starting right now.

    1. No one is good at anything until he tries and fails a few times. You have a great plan for this summer – productivity is the key to get everything done and become and active person.
      Good luck!

  27. Hi, thanks for visiting my post. Well I should tell you that I once was a fitness freak but due to job timings unable to continue workout. Your blog has inspired me to go n hit the gym once again πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it and it means a lot to me if my blog really is the reason you’ll do that.
      Good luck with that. I am sure that once you feel all the benefts of working out again, you’ll quickly get used to doing it regularly.

    1. Thank you for reblogging. I hope you like the post and find it useful.
      I agree with you. This exact statement isn’t very nice to hear, but people often judge by appearance.

  28. My opinion is you nailed the answer in the thought “working on yourself”. Success is found by and finds people that work hard at improvement. (Self, Relationships, Process, Performance). I’m over 50 and though I’m not obsessed with diet and exercise I work both into my daily routine because I know the difference it makes.

    1. Thank you for the comment, Richard. It’s great that you have such a daily routine. Woking hard – in every meaning of the word – is one of the most important keys to achieve more and be contented.

  29. It’s hard to add anything because you’ve really said it all ! I try not to be obsessed but I love to exercise and eat healthy (organic) as much as I can ! I also read and enjoyed your “How Giving Up My Favorite Food …” post but I guess that I will never be able to give up chocolate ! Thanks for the follow ! Greetings from Marseille, France !

    1. By being grateful, contented with what you already have, but having big goals and projects that include helping other people. By living consciously, being in your best shape, enjoying the present, being peaceful, in harmony with yourself and the universe, by doing what you love. By taking control over fear, doubt, distractions and temptations and instead – to emrace simplicity, joy, balance, love. By being inspired all the time and find motivation to continue spreading your idea to the world, by having a purpose, finding oneness, communicating with understanding and compassion.
      There are many ways and aspects of our life by which we can measure success and that is the beauty of the whole thing – the journey to the better you and better world is pleasant. Because only then we see ourselves change as a result of our decisions to seek improvement and contentment.

  30. Taking care of my body definitely helps me take care of my mind. I suffer from mild depression and during the times were I find the will to eat healthy and exercise I find myself being happier and I have a more positive outlook on life. I start seeing my water bottle as half full!

    Great post! I feel that people often forget everything that being healthy can do for them, besides just getting a six pack!

    1. Sometimes it’s even more rewarding to try to achieve your goal, rather than having the actual result. Because we are born to thrive and are doing the best we can while trying to change ourselves for the better.

  31. This was so inspirational. I am fat and dumpy and I don’t like myself very much, mainly because I feel fat and dumpy. I’ve started working out on my elliptical for the last several weeks doing 30 minutes a day. At one point I did lose all my weight through cardio exercise, but I put it back on again. I wasn’t going to do the elliptical today though because my husband isn’t home with me, asking me if I did it. But after reading this post I feel very inspired to continue on with it.

    1. You’re doing a great job and I believe you can continue doing it! To be honest, I often find cardio to be a little boring and am often on the verge of giving up doing it, so I choose something else instead. Try yoga, jogging for half an hour or some exercises from the Internet.
      And never forget that every minute spent on the elliptical is worth it – both for your health and yourself, and as I see- for your husband too πŸ˜€ It’s great to have support.
      I’m so glad to hear that my post was useful to you. Thank you for reading it.

  32. Great article.

    Will is a big thing, very big thing. When I came out of hospital after nearly dying, i looked at joggers and cyclists on the road and thought ‘why, why do you bother?’ Essentially I know it’s for QUALITY of life, but at that time (2011) I did not even have the will to live, so the will to work my body was miles behind.

    Very motivating Lidiya, & logical about “life/living” πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on that. Looks like you’ve been through so much, but still undestand why those who are woking out do that.
      Good luck with recovering (I hope everything is fine now.) and stay positive!

  33. I saw this post at just the right time! After years of never really being motivated to lose weight, a series of health issues made me realise that I NEED to do it. I think the reason I’ve never done it before is fear of failure and lack of motivation. The benefits you mentioned in this post are spot on and seeing results is what motivates me to keep going! Great post!

    1. Thank you! I often feel discouraged and lack motivation but we have to think of the reason we started at first, to define our direction and goals. It’s always unpleasant that our efforts are often unnoticed, but we need to find the power to persevere and move on.

  34. Great post. While I am also among those who appreciate the role for working out in my life, I am still struggling to find out the balance in my schedule. As you mention, it needs a fair amount of dedication and continuous care for your exercise plan and eating pattern and so on. Yet the tradeoff between working out and working on research in my case has gotten a little complicated. I can see from your post that rethinking the benefits and synergies of working out a healthy body on other activities of life is quite rewarding. I like your post because it makes me think about different aspects and advantages of being in shape, and by focusing on them thus find the motivation to dedicate myself to achieve it. So, for me your post has served its purpose πŸ™‚ Thanks, Lidiya!

    1. Balance is hardest to achieve. I’m also struggling with that all the time.
      Thank you for the kind words. I’m glad to hear it’s worth it.
      Have a great day!

  35. “Being in shape” can mean different things to different people, as long as the differences are genetic & biological and not a question of will-power or justifying complacency. Before industrialization & commercialization 97% of all humans were fit due to daily 12-13 hour work days (sometimes into the night too) while a number of the nobility became heavier or obese. As mechanization & technology have increasingly made PHYSICAL life easier for the masses, while greatly profiting the upper-classes (formerly nobility), it becomes paramount for the middle and lower-classes to gain greater discipline with their physical health/fitness, which in turn affects their emotional & spiritual health as well….to survive or hope for a ‘better life’ of success. Unfortunately, without having to work hard to put that organic healthy food from their own gardens right onto their dinning room table, it becomes more difficult to find other creative methods of healthy living. Some “big picture” things to think about. πŸ™‚

    1. You made a great point. Of course the different lifestyle plays a huge role, but we can’t undereastimate the fact that almost every person lacks motivation to do anything nowadays. That is so sad.
      Seeing the big picture always changes the perspective, but it is rarely done as it sometimes scares because of the need for a big change in the little things.

  36. This is very well put! I used to be over 200lbs and I would get annoyed by people who seemed obsessed with fitness! Then I started it too and noticed the same changes you outline above. I have backslid recently due to stress, but I find that I’m not as depressed or down about myself or my weight gain now because I know that getting back into shape is not nearly as hard as I made it out to be before I began working on myself. It really does affect every area of your life, for me I was also surprised by how much more comfortable it is to be healthy. I never realized how cumbersome a roll of fat really is until I lost it. It’s even easier to sit!

    1. Thank you for the comment. You are an example of great will, determination and belief. You’ve been through much and I believe it was all worth it.
      Keep up the good work!

  37. Blessings Lidiya,

    I love the Lord my God more than anything, and my next love is weight lifting and interval training. This is a great post and I agree with you completely, once you begin to see the positive results one’s motivation increases along with determination. Many blessings to you and yours.

    1. Thank for the comment. I’m glad to hear you’re a fitness fan too. Good luck with weight lifting. I believe that the best way to shape a body is with lifting, unfortunately few women realize that.

        1. Yes. Of course, maybe not as much as you’re lifting. A litlle lighter πŸ˜€
          Squatting with weights is my favorite exercise, for example. I enjoy bodyweight workouts, although I’m just a beginner here and am doing it from time to time.
          But anyways, it’s much more than cardio and I believe this is how women should really train.

          1. Blessings Lidiya,

            Hey now, don’t be so sure, you may be pushing what I wish I could:) I’ve been doing is for quite some time now, atleast 15 years or so. Bodyweight workout can be extremely beneficial when you mix several different exercises together and hit it hard.

            Myself, the dead lift is my favorite exercise because it builds the legs(quads), your glutes, back, and strengthens your core like no other. This exercise will make a persone extremely strong and powerful overall. For example, I am five feet eight inches, weigh 200 lbs, and I dead lift 750 lbs. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s fun.

            Also, you didn’t say anything about the book review, are you not interested in that? The Lord put it on my heart to ask you so I did. Hope you are having a wonderful day. Many blessings to you and yours. Let it rain!

          2. You’re doing an impressive job in the gym then. Well done!
            About the book review, I answered it after another comment of yours.
            Again, it’s such an honour that you choose me. I take it as a compliment. But I have many things going on now and will be starting my summer job in a few days so I will barely have time to check my blog. It’s good that I’ve already written some posts and will just upload one in the next weeks. So I’ll have to say no. And I haven’t done any reviews yet so it will be a new thing.
            I’m sure you’ll find someone to do it well.
            And congrats about the book! It’s a big thing! Be proud of yourself πŸ™‚

  38. Great post, Lidiya. It really resonates with my recent post on the Mindset of a Regular Exerciser. Thanks for liking it — I added a link to this post for my readers. Thanks and I look forward to reading future posts.

  39. Hello, Lidiya!
    Thanks for coming by my site and liking a few posts!
    This was a great motivational essay and the photo you chose reminded me of someone I once knew.
    When I was a small child, in school, our P.E. teacher was a man who’d had polio and wore leg braces in order to walk. You may think him an odd person to choose to teach P.E., but in spite of his slow, ambling gate, he thoroughly impressed us with his ability to grab the gym room door and extend himself as the young man in the photo above. That was with the weight of the braces added to his legs.
    So, as you point out, his strength totally convinced us he was worthy to be our teacher. His success was tied to his fitness.
    Thanks for making me remember him. I can keep that image of him before my eyes as I work out, and realize what he must have had to overcome…and how overcoming is what success is…and how even we little children could sense that.

    1. What a great story! Thanks for sharing. I’m sure your teacher would be happy to know that students still remember him and use his image as motivation. That’s amazing.
      Thanks for stopping by too.
      Best wishes!

  40. Thanks for this post it really struck home with me. I’m working on a couple of things and this has made me realise my priorities should be on mastering me and my body before I can take on too many other projects. One day at a time.
    Thanks again.

  41. Hi. I completly agree with this blog! I myself was out of shape and lost confidence. With hard work and diet I got back into shape and my confidence level is high! It’s true you feel how you look!

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