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7 Reasons Why An Exercise Routine Can Boost Other Areas Of Your Life

7 Reasons Why An Exercise Routine Can Boost Other Areas Of Your Life

I discovered the power of being committed to an exercise routine many years ago. Investing in a routine and being physically fit has returned value into other areas of my life.

On my daily walks I have come up with creative ideas and solutions for business endeavors. Boxing has been a release for built up anger and stress, of which I have then been able to deal with on a spiritual level.

The limits I have exceeded by working out have produced hope in other areas of my life. You create each day by what you put into it.

The discipline and habits you build will be reflected in what you achieve, your health and goals as well as relationships.

Don’t underestimate what a diligent routine can do for you.

Some of the benefits of exercise are:

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  • Maintenance of health and well being
  • Increased energy levels
  • Reduced risk of disease
  • Increased self esteem
  • Increased workability of joints and muscles
  • Increased physical work capacity
  • Increased cardiovascular and respiratory efficiency
  • Changes in metabolism
  • Weight management
  • Delaying effects of ageing
  • Social interaction/affiliation
  • Stress relief

The benefits of exercise depends on the type of exercise participated in.

The 7 reasons why an exercise routine can boost other areas of your life:

1. The obvious, fitness and health

Being physically fit and healthy can positively affect anyone’s life. Alongside reducing risks of certain diseases and giving increased abilities such as physical work capacity, it will also help one’s stamina.

There are unlimited ways to workout and achieve specific results. From relaxation, to helping with stress release, to increasing endurance, muscle and strength – no matter who you are, there is something for you.

2. “I wish I could wake up earlier”

For those who wish to wake up earlier in the morning, starting your day with exercise is a great way to get you out of bed.

Have a routine on set days to keep you accountable to yourself. Achieving your exercise goals in the morning can set you up for the day.

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An excuse I have often heard is, after work people are too tired to work out. Whilst that may be a valid reason, by getting your workout done in the morning, you don’t have to worry about missing any in the evenings.

3. It may inspire you to eat healthier

When you exercise and even when you don’t, your body requires that you eat sufficiently to avoid lethargy, damage and deficiencies.

Having an exercise routine may inspire healthy changes in the kitchen. Eating healthier is not just about prevention of diseases.

It will assist in your happiness, the way you think and also react. Understanding how food works in the body combined with exercise, showed me that an imbalance can cause other problems such as anxiety, irritability and anger.

What we put in our bodies will come out in some way. Let it be a healthy way.

4. A time to reflect and build a stronger mindset

Having a routine for exercise encouraged me to set aside time in the day for spiritual growth as well.Taking care of the body is only part of overall well being – the mind and soul require attention as well.

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I have used exercise as a way to release emotions and stress. A long walk or run combined with prayer and reflecting over my life has brought refreshment to both my mind and soul. It’s a great way to appreciate all you have in life, with no interruptions.

5. Goal setting and achieving

When you are exercising and achieving your fitness goals, it becomes really evident that you can use the same practise in other areas. Being committed to the daily routine of exercise and seeing amazing results, I quickly became aware that this attitude can be used in other ways.

Setting goals in all areas of our lives will ensure that we are always growing and stepping out of our comfort zones.

6. Sharper business-person

Frustrated, stressing or need to resolve an issue at work or in your business? Ever thought of working out or doing something active to gain solutions? I have used exercise as a way to put aside my concerns and be open to ideas.

Focusing only on my workout and nothing else, the most creative thoughts have come to me, as well as words to write about. Also, whilst pushing myself, I visualize how the effort I put into my workouts can be applied to my work. It is a great way to find solutions.

Stress, frustration and anxiety can also be released during your workout. Give it a go and welcome better business deals.

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7. Increase your energy

Exercise combined with healthy eating habits increases energy and alertness.This is probably one of my favorite things about adopting an exercise routine.

Whilst I do a range of training, I find that outdoor fast paced walking is one of the best energy increasing exercises. Everyone is different and I encourage you to find what works for you. Being alert and energized will no doubt carry over into your goals, work, study and family life.

The more I focused on exercising as a lifestyle, the more it increased my energy overall.

There are many more reasons why exercise is a great way to booster other areas of your life. Explore them and be open to the possibilities.

Routines can may be difficult in the beginning stages and remaining committed to them, but I encourage you to stick it out. The benefits outweigh the difficult parts.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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