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It may be hard and time consuming as you put it but being physically active has the potential to improve your financial life. For me personally despite my currently struggling financial status, I have made it a point to be physically active amid my busy schedule. As a result I found out that being physically active has helped me in financial aspects of my life revealing ties between physical and financial wellbeing. Below I will share with you nine ways physical activeness can improve your financial life as it has for me!
1. Sharpens Your decision-making abilities
For one, being physically active sharpens your decision-making abilities in life. This means with sharper decision-making abilities, you will be able to make better financial decisions as a result! For example, being physically active will allow you to be more self conscious of yourself physically/health wise.
When being self conscious of yourself and determined to stay healthy you will abstain from overspending on things that are unhealthy i.e. regular fast food, which will also cut your spending. This means the credit card bill will be severely reduced when you make physically and financially wise decisions like deciding to pass buying that daily hot chocolate from the Starbucks before class.
Furthermore, physical activity will make you more alert and self-aware meaning you will take more time to think before emotionally rushing in. Hence when self-aware when physically active, a subsequent logical response to a situation as opposed means, you will make carefully planned decisions including in finances. Meaning you will think twice before buying something allowing you to save more money!
2. Gives You The Better Energy To Do What’s Necessary
After that workout not only will you be sore but you will feel refreshed and elated amid all that sweat and iron pumping when leaving the gym.
Now while you don’t need to pump iron or workout heavy like I do, at least going for a brisk run, doing yoga, simple bodyweight exercises like push-ups after waking up or taking the stairs instead of the elevator will give you better positive energy as well as excitement in life.
In financial aspects of life, better energy will make you determined, intent and eager to improve or consider your financial life. When eager in what you do, your creativity and tenacity to excel and what you do will be improved especially with better energy form exercising.
Hence, when focusing on financial aspects of your life, better energy will give you the eagerness as well as determination to consider and work on making a change for the better financially.
As having a stable financial life (i.e. debt free) is tied to physical wellbeing you will be more energized to better your financial life in order to keep staying physically fit!
3. Improves Your Self Confidence
Being physically active will greatly change how you see the world as well as how you see yourself. Going for a nature run in the woods to enjoy fresh air and nature, swimming, dancing to your favourite song at home, cooking, taking the stairs, lifting weights, or doing anything that allows you to get off your rear end and move about will make you more observant as well as relieved.
This means your self-confidence in your self is improved as a result of your enjoyment when being physically active. Furthermore, when you improve your bodily health to get fit/lose weight you will feel more self-love and admiration of yourself looking at yourself in the mirror. Also standing/walking tall and lean adds to your self-confidence!
When self confident you will be determined to do things in life that will affect you for the better extending to your financial life. This means you will make financial decisions at work, your career options, expenses and the like contributing to your financial betterment.
Furthermore your vision will be expanded meaning you will learn to think outside the box, to see there is a whole range of options out there to financially better your life! In my case, after deciding on which career I want, after starting exercising more regular I was able to think outside the box and see beyond the conventional societal rule “go to school, get an education and get a job you love” that there was a wider range of options to financially better your life outside conventional employment.
My expanded thinking conscious through physical activity, led me to consider and later be determined towards becoming an entrepreneur instead of working a traditional job. So through regular exercise even in the simplest forms (it’s the little things that matter and this also extends to physical activity) will allow you to expand your mind and think outside the box regarding your financial betterment!
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4. Allows You To Cut Unnecessary Expenses
When not physically active and unconcerned of our health our expenses will also go sky high. This means we will develop the tendency spend our money more on eating out (not the healthiest option out there) instead of cooking at home, going out to the movies and getting popcorn regularly, pigging out on fast food and other unnecessary in excess spending as a result of our inhibited self control due to a lack of physical activity.
While fun initially there comes a time that this over the top spending becomes adverse not only to your physical health but also your financial wellbeing. It is a sad fact that many youngsters and even many grown ups in our society, spend lot of money on their leisure activities such as taking the kids to McDonalds every Friday night (sometimes not just Friday night but also other days), weekly pints at the pub, fast food, weekly dine outs, regular movies, shopping and all you can think of that add up to crazily high credit card bills!
I was also like many of you in this same position spending much of my money on excess trivial stuff much of them food meaning my credit card bills have been very high over the holidays. So I am in the same boat as many of you and understand the problem of excess spending when young and free.
However, after resuming my physical activity by working out twice a week, swimming and walking in between class breaks I have become determined to live a physically healthy life style. Aside from working out regularly, I am determined to eat a cleaner diet which means I will be limiting my previously over the top spending on food and leisure.
This determination to stay physically fit and active which is really the fountain of our youth will ultimately help me financially. So if you also realize it is in your best interest to stay physically young and healthy it is guaranteed you can drastically improve your financial condition as a by-product! Moreover, when financially stable without excess debt you can truly focus on living and enjoying life to the fullest without worry!
5. Improves Your Performance at whatever You Do
When involved in regular physical activity it is difficult at first. Sadly initial difficulty when exercising is a common excuse for physical inactivity in our society despite everything even things we take for granted like walking are difficult when we first do them! However as the old adage goes, practice makes perfect which stands true to physical activity and exercise!
When we first do something new, it is challenging at the start, as we are not used to the new task at hand. However, if we are persistent and keep trying despite failures (like when we were babies get up after we fall and crawl initially taking baby steps until we finally walk) slowly but surely we will get the hang of what we are doing until it becomes second nature to us!
Likewise when partaking in physical activity which we may not have done regularly before like long stimulating nature walks on trails, weightlifting, table tennis, badminton, swimming and the like, it will be inevitably difficult when we are just starting. However, constant practice will ensure that we will get better given we are determined to excel!
Personally for me when I started doing push-ups and weightlifting while difficult at first (heck even with regard to writing while I have struggled as a writer, through this blog with practice and determination I will get better eventually), eventually through constant practice and tenacity I got better. The same goes for the rest of us, if we practice hard and have the will to succeed, we will excel at physical activity as well as anything else we put our minds to!
Furthermore, regular physical activity improves not just our performance in the activity but it also improves other aspects of us such as eye-hand coordination, focus, self-control, patience, memory, etc. Such improved aspects as a result of physical activity can be transferred to other aspects of our life such as finances which as in the context of this article.
Having improved focus, memory and patience as a by-product of regular physical activity can greatly improve our financial activities in life. With enhanced self-control we can resist our impulses to squander our money constantly on leisure activities or anything that drains us financially. With patience we are determined to focus on our financial benefit with the long term in mind. This means we are willing to cut down or temporarily sacrifice financially draining pleasures in order to financially happy and free in the long term.
Improved memory through exercise allows us to remember our activities such as financial blunders (i.e. spending too much or unnecessarily), learn from these blunders and work to prevent them from happening again! Moreover, when performing on finance building activities like our job, making investments, running a business and the like, improved performance abilities through regular physical activity can also be transferred to benefit our performance in these financial endeavours!
6. Improves Your Longevity
Physical activity is also linked to better longevity in life and other physical as well as mental aspects in our lives. Having better longevity in our lives will be a boon to our financial aspects as well. Having a longer more enhanced life grants us more time to spend enjoying the fruits life has to offer as well as focusing on finding ways to improve our personal finances.
As time is of the essence in what we do in life with regards to financial betterment we need a lot of time. Hence, health coupled with longevity can give us this much needed time to work up ways to improve our financial condition as well as think us ways to create for ourselves sources of financial growth.
When working on a business in order to succeed, time is of the essence so with improved longevity through exercise we will have time to focus on as well as think up ways to grow our business. Ultimately, through longevity granted from regular physical activity, your chances of growing your finances as well as continuing with your financial endeavours with less health and age related distractions are increased.
Moreover, longevity decreases your risks of falling sick or getting an illness which not only reduces your distractions from achieving financial success but also reduces your financial expenses! In certain countries such as but not limited to the United States healthcare isn’t free. This means that whenever you fall ill, you will have in order to get proper medical treatment. Hence this is where physical activity and a better life with less health complications allows you to save money from medical expenses which can take great a toll on your finances. More distractions be them physical or financial is ultimately beneficial as then you have time and energy available to direct towards your financial life goals!
7. Improves Your Focus: Today people from youth to older professionals have a short attention span. A short attention span these days has been happening for a while well before the 21st century in part due to our society’s consumer oriented mindset. With all sorts of distractions ranging from food to TV, computer, Internet, Smartphones, it comes as no surprise that there’s mass prevalence of limited attention in our society.
Sadly however, a short attention span can have a damaging affect on our financial lives. Since many of us are constantly distracted with our short attention spans switching form one activity to another, it becomes difficult to focus our all on a single task without multitasking or switching to something else. This prevents us from completing a single task well due to a multitude of distractions.
Regarding finances a short attention span can blunt opportunities for financial growth and can be downright dangerous. Especially in our day to day lives jumping from task to task be it building business or investing will prevent us from making a bigger more fulfilling gain by focusing our all on a single task.
Moreover, distractions and a short attention span can be downright financially dangerous as it can result us in making destructive financial mistakes such as risky investments in which money could be lost due to a lack of focus and/or proper research. However, the key to being focused in finances and thus lessen the risk of detrimental financial decisions can be attainted through a concentrated routine of regular physical exercise.
As to perform physical exercise techniques properly as well as improve performance requires an amount of concentration, regular physical activity from a daily jog, a quick round of table tennis to a full blown weight room workout will make you more focused than before. As the focus attained through regular physical activitiy can be transferred to other activities in life such as finances, you’ll find it easier to focus your all on the financial task at hand.
As a result the subsequent rewards from focusing your all on a financial task without distraction will be greater, plus destructive financial blunders from a lack of focus can be averted as well!
8. Improves Your Outward Appearance
Like it or not personal outward appearance is very important for whatever in life we do! Outward appearance is not just limited to properly showering, applying deodorant, combing hair, clipping nails and the like, which are important for our outward preventability. Outward appearance also involves physical fitness and our outward physical condition.
When we are physically unfit and not in good physical condition it is detrimental to our outward appearance as we will end up appearing dishevelled, lacking confidence, lacking dominance/assertiveness, exhausted, unfocused and in general have a weak outward disposition no matter how clean or well groomed we may be.
Such poor outward physical appearance will detrimentally affect our financial life as at work we will have trouble when moving up the ranks compared with our more outwardly appearing physically able co-workers.
Furthermore as an entrepreneur you may encounter trouble in securing business partnership and the support of customers due to detrimental physical condition. Moreover suffering health concerns like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases will greatly hinder your financial life along with being apparent in your outward appearance.
Such poor and weak physical outward appearance has the potential to turn away prospective partners and customers alike but can be prevented through engaging in regular physical activity. By frequently engaging in any sort of physical activity over time, your outward physical appearance will appear tall, straight, lean, strong and all outward traits (what’s more is these outward traits will be felt inward as well!) that will make you appear strong, healthy confident, assertive, in charge and all other outward traits that mark a confident active businessperson greatly boosting your potential for a successful and fulfilling financial life.
9. Boosts Your Creativity
Last but not least, creativity, which is a key trait for a fruitful and colourful financial life, will be boosted by regularly partaking in physical activity. When we are physically active our creativity or imagination is killed and replaced by a lethargic, weak and pessimistic state. As creativity is the key in your financial life to constantly thinking up methods, models and avenues (i.e. Business ideas and/or ways of generating income outside a job) to improve your financial life a lack of creativity will also greatly damager your financial life.
However, by engaging in regular physical activity intense or not (just make sure the physical activity is done on a regular basis and You’ll be fine!), your inner human creativity will be boosted and/or restored along with your physical health and wellbeing! Before I started/resumed my regular physical activity, my creativity levels took a drastic plunge as I became more lethargic, pessimistic and weaker as an unhealthy more sedentary lifestyle set in.
After I resumed my physical activities on a regular basis and made it a part of my life once more, my creativity levels surged once more as I found myself imaginative and constantly coming up with new ideas. This bode well for my financial opportunities in life as I was and as still am as I type this, constantly coming up with innovative new business ideas as well as financial boosting methods and passive income sources, constantly thinking outside the box!
Especially through taking part in hikes, nature walks and outdoor physical activity your mind will be captivated by the outdoors plus regular exercise will stimulate the mind getting it working both avenues for inner creative design/thought.
Following physical activity we feel tired during which we relax and daydream to cool off along with feeling determined as well as observant, key traits for exercising our gift for creativity!
What’s more along with boosting creativity you’ll find that your ability to confidently, creatively, eloquently as well as captivatingly convey your creative ideas (be them financial or non-financial) to others will be greatly advanced!
So, while you may be busy, tired or have any excuses to exercise and be physically active please refer to this post as motivation to be physically active regularly as your financial life will improve. Plus physical activity doesn’t have to be long or intense but can be as simple as a brisk jog, walking to school/work or doing yoga.
Always no matter how busy you are, whether you’re working 40 hours a week or are full time student with debt and having to work constantly, it is still completely possible to be physically active in very simple ways even as you’re doing what you do!
At the End of The Day, as the old adage says: Health Means Wealth!
So Let’s All Get Out There and Be Physically Active So We Can Be
Healthy and Wealthy!