Habit #11 – Exercise

12 Habits That Take You To The Next Level

Tomas Laurinavicius writes:

“According to David J Linden, intense exercise can bring about short-term euphoria, reduction of anxiety, and increases in pain threshold. More than that, I exercise in the morning, right after my morning routine and get that feeling of achievement and motivation to take up other challenges.

If I had to leave only one daily habit in my morning routine it would definitely be exercising. It leads to numerous physical and mental health benefits.

Improve memory and thinking skills. Many studies have suggested that the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory (the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex) have greater volume in people who exercise versus people who don’t.

Increases productivity. Exercising increases the amount of endorphins that are released into your body and increases productivity.

Exercising boosts self-confidence. Exercising can help ease your mind and rejuvenate your body. Working out will make you feel great and boost your confidence.

Working out helps you sleep better. If you are someone who has trouble sleeping or staying asleep then working out is your answer. Exercise helps to clear your head and helps you feel relaxed.

Improves your mood. Exercising lifts your emotional state and as mentioned before reduces stress and anxiety.”  You read the rest of Tomas’ article here.

Unless you are an exercise junkie it is often hard to find the time and the motivation to do it. Tomas admits in his article it has been at times a struggle for him. But he has developed a habit. He shows his exercise schedule to give you an idea of what he does. He also mixes things up a bit by trying new activities like Yoga and surfing.

It is most important that you maintain some degree of activity and not be sedentary. How much you exercise may not be as important as just doing some every day.

This is the 11th of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.

You do not have to be brilliant or extraordinary to achieve more. Most people who achieve at higher levels are not smarter than you are and do not have more innate talent than you do. It is now about their abilities; it is about how they use their ability to do more. This series is about just how to do that. It is about how to develop 12 key habits that will enhance your level of achievement on all levels.

This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They do however capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.