Business owners tend to become all-consumed in their business, allowing their physical fitness fall to the bottom of their priority list. While a common occurrence, this habit may sabotage the success of your business – and your health. Being an entrepreneur takes lots of energy, more than many other careers, and being healthy and physically fit is vital to maintaining the valuable source of energy you need to keep up with your business.
If you’re not fit, neither is your business!
Do you understand how fitness impacts your business? If you’re not fit, neither is your business. Regardless of how hectic your schedule may be, it’s imperative to the success of both your business and personal health to make time to exercise each and every day. According to the CDC, adults need an average of 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week in order to experience the health benefits of exercise. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, your schedule is likely packed to the max, but consider how empty your schedule would be if you were forced to take time off for serious health reasons.
Taking 45 minutes, 3 days a week, to exercise is a small piece of your weekly schedule and should become as large of a priority as eating or breathing. Your body is counting on you to give it what it gives you every day – vitality. While it may seem that exercising takes more energy than you’ve got at the moment, you’d be surprised how much additional energy you’d have from exercising.
Even 15 minutes of exercise while on a break to give your brain a rest can be beneficial. Doing sit-ups, push-ups, running around the block or up and down the stairs in the building counts as exercise. When you are taking a mental break, get some exercise time in and take advantage of that time.
If you don’t have enough time to exercise during your lunch break or after you close up shop for the evening, consider waking up an hour earlier just three days a week to work in an hour of exercise. Many entrepreneurs find their energy peaks when they exercise in the morning and it sets the tone for the rest of their day. Alternatively, if you’re a night owl, consider exercising at night and taking advantage of the services offered at a local 24-hour gym. Some people find exercise to be a healthy way to release stress after a long day of work. Regardless of when you choose to exercise, just do it (yes, I borrowed from Nike).
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