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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 January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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