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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 September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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