Don't Forget to Exercise

It's understandable. You are trying to balance studying, your family life, perhaps a working life, and everything else between. You would rather devote any extra hours to debriefing the technical to a revenue recognition case you wrote the other day than face the hassle of going to the gym to lift heavy objects.

However, similar to my other post, you need to think about the big picture. If you can't sleep well at night because of stress or aren't thinking as clearly because you haven't devoted enough care to your body, then your strategy just won't work in the long run.

My belief is that getting past the CFE is not all about studying. You need to be in the game mentally, which means getting exercise. It doesn't have to be intense—even a light walk to enjoy the nice summer weather is enough to get your heart rate up a bit and give you many of the benefits that will increase your ability to learn and process complex case information. It's about finding something that you enjoy genuinely, whether it’s golfing, dodgeball, swimming, or martial arts. Exercise helps motivate you if you genuinely want to do it.

Don't believe me? Harvard has a great article on the benefits of exercising. Please click here to read.

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