One month of 2012 is gone – how are we going?
So how many made New Year resolution to commit to more exercise and eating better? New Years resolutions are a funny thing – but so many people make honest decisions each year and most a broken by the end of the first week of the year.
Lets look at exercise. Most people say they are going to do more or be more committed to it – but why is exercise important?
I am not a medical professional, and you need to seek medical advice prior to any regular exercise, so I will speak from my own experience. You might even have something to add to this below.
Regular and concentrated exercise works focus in two ways. Firstly it requires focus – you need to concentrate on what you are doing and get the job done – this will sharpen your focussing skills alone. Secondly people who are healthy are able to focus much better than those who are not. So if you are struggling with focus at work, home or in your investment might I suggest regular exercise.
2. Health Benefits
Naturally exercise will bring many health benefits. Regular exercise will burn unwanted fat, increase muscle mass making you stronger and more resilient. Everybody is different and you should always talk with your doctor prior to undertaking an exercise regime – but the general health benefits are there.
It has been proven that regular exercise makes you happier (at least more content). If you are feeling down or just in a plain bad mood – 30 mins of exercise can be just the ticket. Another side effect is as you get fitter you will also be more confident of your appearance – boosting your self esteem.
4. An Escape
Tied in with focus (rather than running away) – exercise can be a place where it is just you, your thoughts and the road / pool / surf. It is a great place to think – or just to let go of those thoughts which are all consuming right now. An escape like this can give you new perspective and greater clarity in situations.
5. Get Paid More
Yep – you read that correctly. An article I found recently, based on US research, suggests that exercising not only trims your waistline but can also fatten up your salary. The article suggested that regular exercise three times per week could boost your pay by up to 9%. The reasons? Employers often view those participating in regular activity to be more determined and dedicated. Fit staff were also more likely to work harder due to the psychological benefits of being fit. This can also translate into your investments as your focus and drive helps you make better and more appropriate decisions.
What About You?
So there’s a few ideas I have discovered – I’d love to hear from you – particularly if you have definitive research in this area.
The bottom line is – like with investing – the choices we make will always determine our outcome. Our desire at Portfolios is that you will always get the best out of your life – whatever that might be.
Have a great day