Why Exercising Could Make You a Wealthier Investor

by | BiggerPockets.com

I hate running. I pretty much hate any form of exercise. I have no problem doing my real estate work, but when it comes to working out, I’ll admit I’m very lazy and lack discipline.

I remember many of my mentors telling me how important it was to exercise on a daily basis and how exercising was often the first thing they did in the morning. I’ve also read the same thing in many books written by successful people. I recall one successful entrepreneur/writer saying that no matter what, he does three things every single day: 1) He writes 2) He promotes his business 3) He exercises.

This is What Happens When You Get Older

I’ve heard this advice for years and I just ignored it and didn’t think it had anything to do with success. Well, I must be getting older because a few weeks ago I started feeling run down and I didn’t have as much energy as I used to. Come 9:00 at night I’d be ready to pass out, even though I had just sat at my computer all day and hadn’t had a stressful or rigorous day.

I was talking to one of my friends about my lack of energy (who happens to be a personal trainer) and of course she told me it was because I didn’t exercise and because I didn’t eat well. So… what did I do? Two weeks ago I decided it was time to start running every day. Now, I don’t really care about the health aspects (even though I should.) But I care about having more energy so I can be more productive and make more money.

How Long I Run and How Often

I now run from 6:00am to 6:45am every morning, Monday-Friday. It’s only been two weeks but I am amazed at how good I feel. Really, it’s almost unbelievable. During the time I’m running I dislike it, but as soon as I’m done I feel great. Plus, I have so much more energy at night. At 9:00pm I’m no longer ready to pass out. I’m able to work until 11:00 if I need to and I feel fine.

Also, my mood is much better and I don’t seem to get irritated as easily from sellers who drive me crazy, or perhaps from a tenant that’s going to be a little late with rent.(I feel like I’m doing an infomercial right now… “And what do I owe this amazing energy increase to? Well, the XYZ super-duper, magic exercise pill sells for only $19.95… but if you order now, I’ll give you three bottles absolutely free.)

You Need To Add This To Your Daily “TO DO” List

Anyway, my point is, if you’re like me you want to be an incredibly successful real estate investor who makes a ton of money. To help you accomplish this, I would encourage you to start adding to your daily “to do” list to exercise for 30-60 minutes. It could be one of the smartest business decisions you’ve ever made.

Now my next goal is to start eating right… however, one thing at a time… baby steps.

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Jason R. Hanson is the founder of National Real Estate Investor Month and the author of “How to Build a Real Estate Empire”. Jason specializes in purchasing properties “subject-to” and has purchased millions of dollars worth of property using none of his own cash or credit.


  1. It’s all about setting goals and being disciplined. I have several associates who are up and going to the fitness club at 4:45 am – I really don’t know how they do it, but I imagine they sleep well at night. They’d have to – they must be exhausted by 9:00 pm. Ummm I may have to try this too. Besides, the exercise wouldn’t hurt.

  2. I discovered this tip my accident, one morning I woke up late..and the log needed a walk, and I needed to set off to work in 15 mins.

    So, me and the dog and a super mega run-walk, we did his regular 45 mins in 10, we ran and we ran, we were both knackered, but throughout the day I felt FANTASTIC!

    Its now a regular morning fixture – next step is to try and get a healthy lunch!

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