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Can Getting Fit Improve Your Finances?

I’ve started doing some Tai Chi at home lately and I love it. I’m no expert yet and if I’m being honest I kind of make it up as I go along. I’m not sure whether the exercises I do would be welcomed, frowned upon or simply laughed at by a real Tai Chi expert.

However, I have definitely got some benefits from it that have made me wonder what kind of positive financial impact doing more exercises can have upon your life. It might not sound like there is any sort of connection between getting fit and having more money but let’s look at it in more detail.

Enjoy More Energy

I now take about half an hour out of each day to do my Tai Chi yet I work more hours than in my couch potato days. This is because I feel that I have a lot more energy than before. People might tell you that doing exercises early in the morning is a great way to feel more energetic all day long, and it is. Having said that, I have also found that taking out half an hour at any time of day is a wonderful way of injecting more energy into my body. I now start my working day a bit earlier and work till later but feel more energetic than ever before. It seems fairly obvious that if you feel more energetic then you will be capable of working more and maybe even doing more of the little jobs about the house yourself rather than paying someone to do them.

Feel More Positive

If I’m being honest, one of things that most attracted me to Tai Chi in the first place was the fact that it is supposed to help relieve stress and give you a better balance in your life. I wasn’t exactly stressed out and feeling terrible but I was starting to feel a bit of negativity creep into my mind. This has now gone, thanks to the daily exercises I have been doing. Of course, exercise in general is well known as being fantastic for improving your state of mind and happiness. This is because working out releases endorphins into your system. It is something I had always known, just as you probably have always known it. However, it is also something that it took me a long time to do anything about. If you feel more positive about life then I would suggest that this would also help you financially. This is because things tend to go our way more often when we are feeling good and looking at life in the right way.

Be More Active

The more active you are the more you can save money in a number of ways. For example, walking or cycling instead of driving. I have also stopped eating so many take away meals since beginning my Tai Chi at home. I also have the energy and disposition to cook more, which is always a big money saver. Whichever way you look at it, being more active is a way of spending less. Another good example is if you have kids. When you are feeling low on energy and not very active it is easy to look for ways of keeping them happy without having to do very much. Sadly, this usually costs money. On the other hand, if you are feeling active you can organize all sorts of fun stuff like hikes, dancing competitions and sports days for your family. You will feel great about it and you won’t spend much on the activities either.

Have you also found that working out has helped you financially?

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11 Responses to Can Getting Fit Improve Your Finances?

  1. Syed says:

    Great post. I’ve always been interested in the correlation between fitness and finance. There really is a lot of evidence that doing things that are good for your body will help your finances n the process. What a life changing concept.
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    • Robert Bell says:

      I agree Syed. I feel great since starting to be more active and I can see the financial benefit too

  2. Nicola says:

    I agree – I think that feeling better and more positive about things can definitely make a massive difference to your life, including your finances. Great post!
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  3. kammi says:

    Oh absolutely there is a correlation. This is just an example but for me, when I work out, I have more energy, which means I can do things like prepare meals ahead of time, which means I spend less randomly on lunches or dinners. Plus, working out makes me remember to drink a lot of water during the day, too! I sleep better too when I work out in the morning.

  4. Your post had me at “it is supposed to help relieve stress” and now I want to find out more about Tai Chi. I have heard about it before and thought it sounded interesting but haven’t gotten around to really getting into it. Maybe now’s the time.
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  5. Adnan says:

    I believe the biggest thing one can get from this is to have more control over your finances. once you develop a habit, a strict exercise discipline you can replicate same in your money matters also.
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  6. One thing I love about exercise is that you essentially practice every day doing something hard, and overcoming your own physical and mental limitations. when you practice that, it spills over into other aspects of your life.
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