Another way you can help set yourself up for success in Poker.

This was taken from my old blog – Enjoy 🙂

To be the best you can be at this CRAZY GAME OF POKER there are things you can do that you won’t necessarily read in any of the well known poker books.  I’m going to let you in on this little secret that can help you stay on top, or get you closer to it.

STRETCHING AND EXERCISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Who cares Drew?)

Well if you are like me and constantly look for ways to stay on top of your game, then you’ll see that stretching/exercising releases Endorphins or “feel good chemicals” into your body.

What are Endorphins?
Exercise decreases the stress hormones such as cortisol and increases endorphins.  Endorphins are the body’s natural feel good chemicals, and when they are released through exercise, your mood is boosted naturally.  As well endorphins, exercise also releases adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine.  These chemicals work together to make you feel good. (Keeps your mind clear, happy, and helps you to make better more calculatd decesions vs emotional)

Types of Exercise to Release Endorphins
The best type of exercise for improving your mood is cardiovascular exercises and aerobics.  This is because vigorous exercise helps to release the chemicals necessary for the mood-raising high.  Yoga is also great as it reduces tension and stress while improving the mood.  It focuses on stretching, breathing, and motion that release negative emotions in the body.

How long do you need to Exercise to Feel the Benefit?
Even if you only exercise for a short period of time, your mood will be improved.  Just ten minutes of moderate exercise is enough to improve your mood, your vigour and also decrease fatigue.  However, to obtain all the benefits from exercise, not just the mood improving aspects, you should do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day.

Good Luck at the tables, and don’t forget to keep your mind sharp everyday!


  1. Totally Approve this message! Stretching is really a good way to get ready for that long grind stuck in a chair so to speak….kudos sir, great write up! (as per usual)

  2. yea.. both are way important. def try to do some form of exercise everyday before i start play and if the grind is getting long and i’m feeling lethargic i do something on breaks. same for stretching. it’s a bigger difference maker than people realize

  3. Also…… it’s sad when you can’t touch your toes. I don’t want to NOT be able to touch my toes! hahah

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