If you’re like most people, your top reason for working out is to look good. The problem with this goal is that as the seasons change, so does the frequency with which you actually see your body. It’s a lot easier to put off working out when your figure is hidden with bulky winter clothes! Regardless of your current motivations, I’m here to give you one more: to make more money. Yes, exercise really can improve your finances.
While I’ve always felt that exercise improved my focus, energy levels, and motivation to get things done, I had never made a financial connection to exercise until I learned about a study done by Vasilios Kosteas, a Cleveland State economics professor. According to his study, published in the June 2012 issue of the Journal of Labor and Research, people who exercise regularly earn about 9% more than those who skip working out.
I can’t even begin to count the number of clients who’ve come to me saying they don’t have time to work out. If you don’t have time to work out, it’s because there are other activities that you feel are more important. Work is often one of those activities, especially if you own a small business. We all have a lot to do—bookkeeping, managing our social media updates, taking care of our clients, and the list goes on. But from now on, when you feel like skipping a workout, ask yourself “Am I willing to give up 9% of my income?”
Exercise doesn’t need to take up half of your day. Start by squeezing in just ten minutes each day and work your way up to twenty minutes of intense exercise or forty-five minutes of moderate exercise. You’ll not only get more done during the rest of your day, but your bank account will get fatter while you get slimmer. Not sure where to start? Do the following routine twice (for a 10-minute workout) or four times (for a 20-minute workout) three days each week and go for a walk on three other days.
Your Money-Maker Routine
- 50 jumping jacks
- 10 pushups
- 30 squats
- 20 bicycle crunches (Lie on the floor with your hands behind your head. Lift your head and shoulders off the ground and bring one elbow toward your opposite knee. Switch sides for one rep.
- 30 skips (Skip in place. Bring each knee up 30 times to complete the exercise.)
- 10 triceps pushups (just like a regular push up, but your hands should be close together and your elbows should bend toward your feet instead of out to the sides)
- 30 pliés (Stand with your feet wide apart and your toes pointed out. Keeping your back straight, bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Return to standing for one rep.)
- Hold a plank position for about 10 breaths in and out. (Get on your forearms and toes, squeeze your abs, and maintain a straight line from your head to your heels.)
If you already work out, focus on doing it regularly—that means four to six days each week!
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