Sam is our first CFA exam blogger. He was born and raised in Illinois, working in New York and planning to retake Level 1 in December.
I used to make fun of Sally starting her lifestyle blog. I can’t imagine I am writing a post of my own.
Anyway, it came to my realization that keeping a healthy body and mind IS important to pass this exam. I tried the short cuts; it didn’t work.
I am sure many of you have the same problem. To save you the time researching on various diets and exercise, I am sharing with you my latest secrets: the exercise app and my power breakfast.
The Exercise App
I am the latest fan of the “30 Day Fitness” app on my iPhone. It is also available on Android phones here.
There are gazillions of such apps out there. I didn’t do an extensive research on which is the best, but I tried this for 4 days now and I am pretty happy with it. So here comes my recommendation.
The beauty of this app is the simplicity — and flexibility at the same time. We can choose to take any challenge in a 30-day window. For example, I am trying-out the 30 day plank, which I heard is the most popular out there.
It starts small and easy — 20 seconds of planking for the first two days, and slowly moving up with 30 seconds on the third day and so on. The cumulative effect is amazing: by the 30th day one can do a 300- second planking, pretty impressive for those haven’t tried planking before.
It’s good for male, female, young and old. As long as you have the dedication.
This is Just the Beginning
This is not “real” exercise, as in it is not aerobic exercise. I came across this article on Stephanie’s CPA exam prep site that aerobic exercise is the one that matters. On well, one step at a time.
I may try jogging, or playing squash with Sally.
The 30 Day Fitness Inspires My CFA Exam Study
I’ve got to digress because this is important. 4 days into this, I learn two big lessons from this exercise:
1. The Cumulative Effect
It’s shameful for a guy to admit, but I struggled in my 20 seconds of planking. So the idea of able to plank for 300 seconds within a month amazes me. The impact of a small amount of work every day makes a big difference.
This idea works perfectly in my CFA exam study. I don’t need to feel bad going through only 10 pages of review materials. Or able to only work on 3 EOC questions. The knowledge accumulates, and once I settle with a habit, things just get rolling. When I understand the concepts better, I get more answers correct and it becomes more efficient to study. Within the same time frame, I can complete 6 or even 10 EOC questions instead of 3. This is really encouraging.
This post is getting long. I guess I have to show you my power breakfast in the next post.
Latest To-Do List
- Eat healthy food
- Find an aerobic exercise *new*
- Find a way out with Sally
- Sign up for free trial from Wiley CFA
Note from Stephanie
Interesting how I got the same 30-day challenge app. I have been working on it with my kids — it’s addictive in a good way!
I like your final point on how the small but consistent steps can lead to big success. As the Chinese wisdom reveals:
The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”
You’ve got more exam motivational quotes here. You can do it!