When it comes to staying fit, there are some obvious links between your body and your bank balance. Keeping a regular exercise routine delivers long-term health benefits, just like sticking to good money habits builds future financial security.
Exercise might wear you out in the short term, but it leaves you feeling energised and alert – a helpful state to be when you're dealing with money matters.
And the reverse is also true: being financially unfit can take a physical toll too.
Edward Ware, spokesperson for Stepchange, a charity that helps people with debts, said “Debt can lead to several health problems and many of our clients report feelings of stress, anxiety and sleeplessness. It can affect every area of people’s lives, including relationships with friends and family and performance at work.”
People can end up relying on bad habits to manage anxiety, which don't really help. Smoking, junk food and alcohol can lead not just to health problems but also leave a hole in the wallet.
Taking up exercise can help cut them down, giving both health and finances a boost. But just like preparing to run the London Marathon, you need a strategy to get fit, with some tricks to help you when the going gets tough.