ExerciseIt used to annoy me that my wife Kate’s exercise time was inviolable. No matter how busy I was at the office or how much I had to juggle my schedule, that hour of physical activity was non-negotiable in her book.

What she did for exercise changed often, but she always got that hour in. She was a runner who did Yoga. Then she tried biking and light resistance training. Now she swims and does Bar Method.

As for me, I thought I was too busy to work-out, but the truth is I didn’t have her discipline. Kate also intuitively understood something that I didn’t:

She knew that her health was the foundation of her happiness.

She knew that physical health is the bedrock upon which we must build our lives. Our strength, resilience, confidence, energy, healing, and perseverance – the very sparkle in our eyes – comes from eating the right things, getting the right exercise, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep.

If you want to learn more about the wake-up call that turned me around, you can read Chapter 11 in my book, Mindful Money: Simple Practices for Reaching Your Financial Goals and Increasing Your Happiness Dividend.

Suffice it to say, the persistent encouragement/out-and out nagging of my better half played a big part in getting me to make the choices that resulted in a much happier and healthier me. So did my belief that I could and would recapture my physical fitness.

Most of what is good about my life today stems from this return to health. I cannot begin to describe the gratitude I feel for my wife’s gentle prodding and the four things that changed my life in every way: good food, lots of water, daily exercise, and plenty of sleep!