Exercising Your Way to Success
There’s a widespread belief among entrepreneurs that the business, whatever that business is, comes first. It is the top priority that comes before everything else, including family, fun and especially fitness.
I’ve seen entrepreneurs sacrifice all aspects of life, sometimes with heartbreaking consequences, solely to focus on making their businesses successful. Broken relationships, poor health, and no energy are just a few common side-effects of individuals who sacrifice everything for the sake of the business. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day so it comes down to prioritizing what is important. The easy excuse is “I’m too busy” or “there’s not enough time”. We will propose 4 outcomes of exercise that will help you to succeed.
1. Reduces stress
Physical activity reduces stress hormones and increases the production of endorphins that give you a natural high. Getting in a workout, before or during the workday, can enable you to approach your work with a calmer and clearer mindset. The more stressed you are, the more unable you are to make beneficial, rational business decisions. I’m personally a huge advocate of working out as early as possible, before your busy life interferes with your health priorities.
2. Gets your brain working at maximum efficiency
Exercise not only tones muscles and helps you feel better, but it also improves brain power. This is because exercise increases blood flow to your brain, meaning a jog or quick workout might be just what you need before you begin working on that big project.
3. Builds your confidence
Whether building your business or going through a tough time with a client, even the smallest fitness win can help you gain the confidence you need to achieve larger goals in your business life. Having a great workout translates into every area of your life, making you feel more accomplished at the end of the day about everything that you do.
4. It’ll help you disconnect
Being an entrepreneur is very difficult and even more rewarding when you have your affairs in order. It’s easy to get locked into building the dream and spend hours focused. However, the times when I’ve allowed myself to disconnect and temporarily focus on other activities have enabled me to gain clarity on different problems I was trying to solve before.
I’m a huge believer in learning new things and being the best that I can be daily. Fitness is no different, but too often I hear entrepreneurs give excuses as to why they can’t make it to the gym. Personally, I want to be MY best, not only in my business but physically as well! My challenge for anyone struggling to get into a consistent routine is to find someone to hold you accountable and dedicate yourself to working out for 30 days and see if you notice a difference mentally and physically. You may be taking away an hour or so of working time but I promise you will not see it as lost time, but instead as gained working efficiency.