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Staying on Top of Your Game

Investing isn’t just about your smarts. Beyond the mental game, it’s also about keeping yourself in top physical shape.

A common excuse people make when they can’t take care of themselves physically is that they’re “too busy” and that they’re trying to “save time”.

The only thing you’re doing by neglecting your body is making it worse for you later when you fall ill. Because you didn’t bother taking that extra 5 minutes a day to do some light exercise, you’ll end up sick and out of commission for what could possibly be weeks.

By keeping yourself physically fit, you’ll end up being more productive in the long term.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you can keep going on with your work worry-free.

1. Don’t Skip Meals.

It’s true when they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But that doesn’t mean that the other meals are any less important.

Aside from the effect it will have on your weight and overall physical health, skipping meals will also result in decreased productivity.

Glucose, which you get from food, is the brain’s primary source of energy. Skipping meals will mean that your brain will have less energy to work with, and will result in a harder time concentrating.

2. Exercise Regularly.

Exercise is the meat of staying in good shape.

You don’t have to do any difficult workouts to stay healthy. You just have to be consistent with your exercise.

Take time to do some stretches in the morning. Go for a quick jog every now and then. Maybe even opt to walk it to certain places if they’re close enough.

3. Make it a habit to warm up and cool down.

Warming up and cooling down is essential as it prevents issues like cramps and other injuries.

Basically, warming up preps your body and gets you ready for any physical activity while cooling down helps you get back to a rested state afterwards. The same concept can be applied to your general day to day activities as well.

Try warming yourself up before a big meeting, and taking some time to wind down afterwards. Not only will this habit help you with your physical health, but it will also keep your mental health stay in shape.

4. Be nice to yourself

Don’t ever try to do more than you’re actually physically capable of. Be nice to yourself by always being considerate of your body and your ability to do things, both in your work, and in your exercising habits.

You can also try giving yourself some rewards every now and then. Maybe something like a weekend off, or a well deserved break. You can even do something as simple as just saying kind words to yourself every now and then if your schedule really won’t permit anything more.

Remember, how you feel is important, because your feelings and mental state affect what you do and how well you do them.

Do you want to focus on what you do want in life versus what you don't want?


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