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Research finds healthy people are the best money managers

People who look after their health are likely to be better at managing their money, suggests research from Legal & General.

Seventy-one per cent of the 1,000 people questioned in L&G’s survey admit to having an unhealthy or unbalanced lifestyle compared with 29 per cent who claim to have a healthy regime.

The 17 per cent of respondents who are unhealthy – taking no exercise and no interest in what they eat – also make the worst money managers, with 73 per cent not planning and saving regularly.

Of the 54 per cent of res- pondents who admit that they have an unbalanced lifestyle, either exercising but not watching what they eat or vice versa, 58 per cent are failing to plan financially.

The survey shows that fitness fanatics are the best money managers, with 57 per cent planning their finances and saving regularly.

Marketing director Garry Skelton says: “The number of people who have made the connection between balancing a healthy diet with regular exercise is still low, let alone taking this to the next stage and realising that there should be a balance between health and financial matters.”

Wingham Wyatt Financial Services director Jon Kearney says: “This is news to me but I suppose there is some logic in saying that someone who is disciplined and organised enough to go to the gym regularly will be more likely to have the discipline to manage their finances better.”


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