As Forex traders, our biggest assets are our minds and bodies. If we get sick, or we cannot concentrate, we can’t take good trades. In other words, we do not make money.
Unfortunately, Forex doesn’t really require any heavy lifting, or exertion. So, when it comes to keeping our body and minds fit we need to work at it. I know from personal experience, if I do not push myself to do exercise during the day, I can end up spending up to 8 hours sitting in front of my computer.
Trading Forex is a sedentary job. And research shows, that sedentary jobs put you at risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Scary right?
What is a Forex trader to do? Well, as traders we are pretty good at making plans such as money management plans and trading plans, for example. In addition to those plans, I believe a good trader needs to have a fitness plan. So I thought I would share mine. This is more of an entire morning routine than a fitness plan.
8:00am: Wake up and do some quick stretching.
8:15am: Open up my charts and set any trading alarms I will need for the day.
8:30am: Exercise time
- Do 20 min of high intensity cardio.
- Do weights 15 reps 3 sets.
9:30am: Eat breakfast.
9:40am:Sit at the computer and start working.
Throughout the day: Take breaks at least once an hour.
- Stand up and walk around.
- Look away from the screen. (To prevent eye strain)
- Stretch hands. (To help prevent against RSI and carpal tunnel)
As you can see it is fairly simple. However, it is extremely important to set your alarm to ensure you don’t miss any trades. Always try to schedule breaks in every hour, allowing your eyes a rest from staring at the screen and also gives your hands a break to help prevent RSI.