Statistics say millionaires are typically fit people/ What does that mean? How can you do it too?

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So apparently movies and popular imagination had it all wrong. The rich and super-rich are not necessarily these very overweight — always sitting and eating gold plated burgers — people that we think they are. The Richies are fit! And actually, more than just a relation between fitness and wealth, they seem to see fitness as a big reason for their success.

Let’s do it like this… Let’s see a couple of examples, and then try to answer the question: Why? How come, physical fitness and success are intertwined?

Example n.1 : Richard Branson

Apparently, in the morning sir Rich-ard plays tennis, surfs, paddles or swims…Net Worth : around 4.4 Billions

Example n.2: Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Oprah…a goddess. Her routine includes 45 minutes of cardio, 6 mornings a week…Net Worth? Around 2.6 billions…good on ya!

Example n.3: Graham Stephan

Graham, alias my favourite youtuber… Notorious for not spending a dime even if he has more money than me and my family put together… he has never hidden the fact that for him, personal investments on thing such as health and fitness, are a priority. With almost-gym-bro’s biceps, he often has talked about having joined one of the most expensive gyms in the USA (Equinox)… according to google he’s Net Worth is about 6.5 millies… that’s a lot of Iced Coffees…!

IS THERE A CONNECTION?

Well let’s frame it first from this Aristotelian logic: Mental clarity helps take action towards money goals, exercise improves mental clarity, ergo exercise can help us to take action towards money goals.

Mentally, it is theorised that mental (cognitive) performance is improved by exercise, as it would influence how we organise mental resources…therefore we can better “function”.

Also, exercise is the best (and lowest-cost) antidepressant… yes, I said it. “Sweating” makes you happy, plus, it can give sense of purpose, and build habits. And…

Mental illness in turn worsens economic outcomes for individuals. Studies show that randomized interventions to treat mental illnesses increase days worked. Depression and anxiety directly affect the way people think, by capturing their attention and distorting their memory. Such effects are likely to influence economic preferences and beliefs and thus distort important economic decisions made by individuals, such as how much to work, invest, and consume.

Of course, there is that “in turn” in the quote up here. That is because, as many things in life, the cause of the relation between wealth-exercise-psychology, is not the same for everyone. In too many cases, poverty may actually be the cause of mental health issues, or may undermine the possibility of exercising consistently. At the same time, people that are already rich, may have less stress (at least economically), or be able to afford (economically or time-wise) to exercise more often…

SOOOOOOOOOO, WHAT CAN WE DO?

Start moving, whenever you can. And of course, try to enjoy what you do, and you’ll keep it going for much longer. Join a gym. If you hate that type of exercise, join a sport…like a boxing course. If you want, go swim (pool, or at the beach if you live somewhere hottt). Or take the free route…and WALK (or run).

In fact….can you imagine how many money related podcast or audiobook you can listen to while walking or running???? Can’t get better than that…talk about multitasking effectively! Or just think……. walk and think, run and think!

Love, peace out!! (such cringe).

Italian from Taranto, Australian from Melbourne, a “born again gamer (?)”. Writing about social psychology, businesses, and most likely, quite a bit of poetry!

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