Running a business may be a rewarding career, but there’s no doubt that it can take its toll on your health. As your company scales, you’ll be dealing with more clients, affiliates, employees, bigger responsibilities and crucial deadlines.
According to Inc., “34 percent of entrepreneurs (four percentage points higher than standard employees) report being worried. Also, 45 percent of entrepreneurs (three percentage points more than standard employees) report being stressed. These are abnormally high incident rates for a group of individuals who are supposed to be ‘doing what they love.’”
With this in mind, it’s vital that you exercise and stay healthy, not only for your physical well-being so you could withstand the physical pressure of a busy day, but it will also help you clear your mind and alleviate stress. A healthy body really has a healthy mind, and that results in a healthy business.
To maintain good health and fitness levels, I try to work out six times a week. That equates to about one workout each day with one rest day. Doing this makes me confident to work hard at the office because my gym time will counter any of the physical demands of work.
I do a number of circuits, including staple exercises such as sit-ups and pull-ups (both require no equipment). I also use a punching bag which doubles as a stress reliever and exercise.
If I can’t work out six times a week, I’ll do it for at least 5 days. Since entrepreneurs work almost 24/7, you have to plan your workout schedule. It’ll soon become a habit, and you’ll begin to notice a positive difference in both your work and personal life.
Running is a part of my workout since it can be very therapeutic to enjoy the open air while working on your cardiovascular fitness.
If the weather is extremely adverse or you can’t go outside for some reason (looking after the kids, waiting for an important phone call, etc.) you could then use a treadmill or elliptical trainer. However, always opt for outdoor running first. You’re most likely stuck in the office all day. Fresh air and a change of scenery will do you a world of good.
You should also invest in a good pair of headphones to listen to some motivating music while you run. Music has helped me stay focused and undistracted from the external noise made by traffic and people. You can also listen to business podcasts while running to make better use of your time, keeping you ahead with industry news.
Have a Healthy Diet
It’s important to work out, but it’s even more important that you stick to a healthy diet.
There’s a common saying in the fitness world: “Exercise begins in the kitchen, not in the gym.”
Additionally, a healthy diet is extremely beneficial to your mental wellbeing. The last thing you need when you’re having a busy day is to be reliant on sugars. Snacking on sweet foods like chocolates and desserts lead to an unhealthy sugar rush. Once the sugar levels drop, you’ll begin to feel extremely edgy, lethargic and craving for more.
To avoid the craving for such food, you should drink a delicious fruit smoothie which can be made easily using a juicer or blender. When you start eating healthier foods, you’ll function much better at work.
Track Your Progress
Download a fitness app or invest in a fitness bracelet to track your fitness goals.
Documenting your progress not only makes it easier to move forward to your next training session, but it also helps you stay accountable to your fitness targets. You should try replicating the same technique to your business goals, too.
Take Regular Breaks
You can often get stuck in front of your computer for hours when working, which is why it’s advisable to take regular breaks.
Go for a short stroll around the office and come back to your computer with a renewed sense of energy. It can do wonders for your creativity and health.
Finding the time to work out when you’re running your own business is not an easy thing to do. Eating the right food is just as difficult. The temptation to snack on comfort food can be pretty strong when you’ve missed out on a big deal or failed to sign a client, but it’s important that you stick to your routine.
My weakness had always been chocolate. I would snack on it after a long day at the office as a treat. Rather than cut out my desire for sweet food completely, I replaced my “bad” sugar with a better option: dates. If you’re struggling with eliminating a specific type of food, you should substitute it with something similar.
Once your fitness levels improve, your business will benefit.