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Sound Mind/Sound Body: Fitness for Career Success

Sound Mind/Sound Body: Fitness for Career Success

By Michael Al-Moustafa
Posted in General
On September 29, 2021

 

Health. When I think of that word several thoughts come to mind… physical health, mental health, and emotional health among others. Being healthy stretches beyond what many may first conceptualize. A sound mind and healthy body complement each other, and when both are strong, your emotional health gets even stronger!

I like to think of myself as one who stays active, not just because I enjoy staying fit, but rather because I love the way it makes me feel. The endorphins and other “brain chemicals” that are released get me through a stressful day or make a good day even better.

Whether it’s an extremely busy day at the height of tax season or just a day that you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, physical activity can help you relax and change your attitude. Where you work out can become your own personal sanctuary. Just the mental shift of going to work out in most cases is enough to kick in those endorphins and enhance your mood.

Personally, the best part is that I not only am enhancing my mental health, but I am enhancing my physical health as well. When you can feel good both mentally and physically, it starts to show in other facets of life. You suddenly become happier, more vibrant, more confident, and people notice it too! You ultimately become the best version of yourself as you are firing on all cylinders.

I enjoy my profession, but working at a desk can have its pitfalls. One of those pitfalls is the lack of exercise and general movement we get throughout the day. This can have a negative impact on our body which can drag down our mental and emotional health. This is also why I recommend drinking a lot of water throughout the workday. For me, staying hydrated helps regulate my energy levels and stimulate brain activity and function to help me find all of those lucrative tax deductions!

It is easy to get so caught up with work that we completely neglect our health in some way. Maybe we work a little late so we miss our time to exercise, or perhaps we had to get takeout food because we were in a hurry to get to a client, or maybe we just feel a little exhausted and want to relax. This is normal and part of being human, but I can assure you that the second you work out and step into your sanctuary, your mind and body will thank you for it.

Michael Al-Moustafa

Michael Al-Moustafa

Michael is a CPA at SKC. In addition to working closely with clients in all aspects of their business, Michael truly enjoys tax planning and preparation. A second-degree black belt in martial arts, Michael is also a fitness enthusiast with a concentration in weightlifting.  When Michael is not at work, you can find him staying active by playing sports, reading personal development books and investing in stocks and real estate.