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Old 03-28-2011, 03:42 PM   #17

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Re: The Positive Benefits of Exercise for Traders

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One of the best things I've done is set-up a treadmill desk. It's not my main desk I work from -- since you can't be 100% effective with other work from it, but for trading it's great. Basically a treadmill that slides underneath a work surface that is cranked to a desireable level -- meaning you're standing and walking on the treadmill and you can use the keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc... while moving. I'm not saying you'll get into a sprint, and trade but you can walk fairly briskly and what I've found is I can slow it down when I need to make a trade/changes and then a lot of the time (80%+) I'm just waiting for the market to do something. Those times I just hit the up arrow for more speed.

This way you are putting in no additional time, yet you can get in several thousand steps over the course of a normaly daytrading session (let's say 1-2 hours) -- most people avoid exercise because of the time as well - but this is a great way to put in no additional time and you're basically just multi-tasking while trading....

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Haha, that actually sounds awesome. When I do long endurance training rides on my bike I will throw an audiobook on my ipod, that works really well. If only there was a way to jot notes while out riding. Perhaps an audio recorder that clips to my jersey
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I'm pretty sure you can get apps on android/win mobile/iphone to record what what you say and then either the same app or another to convert it to text.
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Re: The Positive Benefits of Exercise for Traders

Found this on "The Mayo Clinic" website:


Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than old-fashioned exercise.

The merits of regular physical activity from preventing chronic health conditions to promoting weight loss and better sleep are hard to ignore. And the benefits are yours for the taking, regardless of age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing? Check out seven specific ways exercise can improve your life.
1. Exercise improves your mood.

Need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help you calm down.

Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out. You'll also look better and feel better when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Regular physical activity can even help prevent depression.
2. Exercise combats chronic diseases.

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent osteoporosis? Physical activity might be the ticket.

Regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage high blood pressure. Your cholesterol will benefit, too. Regular physical activity boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol while decreasing triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly by lowering the buildup of plaques in your arteries.

And there's more. Regular physical activity can help you prevent type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer.
3. Exercise helps you manage your weight.

Want to drop those excess pounds? Trade some couch time for walking or other physical activities.

This one's a no-brainer. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to keep your weight under control. You don't even need to set aside major chunks of time for working out. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk during your lunch break. Do jumping jacks during commercials. Better yet, turn off the TV and take a brisk walk. Dedicated workouts are great, but physical activity you accumulate throughout the day helps you burn calories, too.

4. Exercise boosts your energy level.

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Don't throw in the towel. Regular physical activity can leave you breathing easier.

Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. In fact, regular physical activity helps your entire cardiovascular system the circulation of blood through your heart and blood vessels work more efficiently. Big deal? You bet! When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you'll have more energy to do the things you enjoy.
5. Exercise promotes better sleep.

Struggling to fall asleep? Or stay asleep? It might help to boost your physical activity during the day.

A good night's sleep can improve your concentration, productivity and mood. And you guessed it physical activity is sometimes the key to better sleep. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. There's a caveat, however. If you exercise too close to bedtime, you may be too energized to fall asleep. If you're having trouble sleeping, you might want to exercise earlier in the day.
6. Exercise can put the spark back into your sex life.

Are you too tired to have sex? Or feeling too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Physical activity to the rescue.

Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there's more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women, and men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don't exercise especially as they get older.
7. Exercise can be gasp fun!

Wondering what to do on a Saturday afternoon? Looking for an activity that suits the entire family? Get physical!

Physical activity doesn't have to be drudgery. Take a ballroom dancing class. Check out a local climbing wall or hiking trail. Push your kids on the swings or climb with them on the jungle gym. Plan a neighborhood kickball or touch football game. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and go for it. If you get bored, try something new. If you're moving, it counts!

Are you convinced? Good. Start reaping the benefits of regular physical activity today!
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Re: The Positive Benefits of Exercise for Traders

Exercise makes it possible for traders to feel free form all sorts of stressful situations, it is not easy to keep our mind cool, when big money is involved in business, hope everyone will remain healthy and then we can perform well at trade market.
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Here's my routine:

Weekend: At some point I jog for 45 min. I do around 6-7 miles in that time. I would do more - I'd kind of like the thought of it, but if Im honest, its a real struggle to do what I do as it is. Its only discipline that makes me do it. Im always glad I did it afterwards. kind of like a mental re-boot for the week.

Every trading day: I take a walk for at least 20 min, just to get outside and some fresh air. I often do this at lunch or before the day starts. Most morinings I try and do some pushups. Im pretty slack at this. I dont bother if Ive got a hangover if ive been out on the town the night before. I can do 40, I used to be able to do 60. I know a bank trader in his 60's, He does 100 without fail EVERY DAY. I find press ups good for the back/posture that some here have complained of.

'Trying' to keep a healthy diet and less booze is also helps.
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Re: The Positive Benefits of Exercise for Traders

I work out at the gym 3-4 times a week. In my training I prefer barbell, dumbbells and chinning bar.

After a couple of months of exercising I noticed that the pain in the neck and the lower part of the back disappeared, the whole myotonus significantly improved.

Strongly recommend everyone not to just sit in front of the monitor but sometimes do some sit-ups and jumps.
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Re: The Positive Benefits of Exercise for Traders

Lots of things we have to keep in mind as traders and it is important to remove stress by means of exercise.
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Re: The Positive Benefits of Exercise for Traders

When you excercise you release your brain's happy chemicals, with continual activity we can maintain a more positive outlook and keep our minds sharper.

I am a cyclist, runner and triathlete, I am running, cycling or swimming almost every day.

I think people approach trading the same way the approach exercise..... they shoot for the moon and are constantly dissappointed when they do not achieve their desired result.

For example I hear this all the time, I'm going to start running 1hr everyday. Now how realistic is this for a non runner? What happens is that this is a daunting goal, and not enjoyable, so the person dreads the run, maybe they do it 2-3 times then quit. Would it not have been better to run 20 minutes 2-3 times a week? It would have been achievable and built confidence and maybe a love for running, instead beating up our self esteem. I think a link can also be drawn to profit goals of new traders. Generally they are too high, and work against the trader's confidence and profitability in the long run.

On of my past coaches always said that 15min is better than nothing, this has always worked for me when I am tired and do not want to do a long run, for example, and you know what happens some times, after 15min I don't feel so bad and keep going.

When starting an excercise program keep it managable and fun and you will probably stick with it.

Get active, there is lots of great crosstraining for our bodies and minds that can help us with our trading.
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