As a fellow entrepreneur, I know the struggles of the juggle. Between managing your business, handling the daily hurdles, keeping up with your meetings, emails, and social media; like whoa! You have to do all of this AND make time for your loved ones, do the laundry, and get an oil change?! In the morning you want to get started on your work, and by 5pm you either want a nap or a glass of wine.
With all of this, it can be hard to prioritize maintaining a fitness regimen.
I understand that for some, working out falls on to the “when I get to it” versus the “I must do it” list. Even though many don’t view working out as a necessity, there is a direct link between taking care of your body and your performance at work.
- Stamina: It has been proven that working out at least twice weekly can increase a person’s energy levels. Let’s face it, you NEED energy to get through your day. People who work out have a tendency to work an additional two hours per day longer than those who do not.
- Discipline: As entrepreneurs we don’t wait for success, we work for it. Self-discipline needs to be developed and maintained. You can easily shift from a “Should Do” mindset to a “Will Do” mindset with self-discipline.
- Stress Reduction: Working out increases the release of endorphins in your body. These act as a natural mood booster. Just like working out increases your metabolism and the processing of food, it also metabolizes your stress, anxiety, and frustrations.
- When you look good you feel good! Yes, I said it. Some say it is vain, I say it is facts. When you feel good about yourself, when you look good in your clothes, when you can walk past a mirror and say “damn, I look kinda good today”, it is a natural confidence booster. It has been proven that confident people are not only more productive themselves, but they cause the people around them to be more productive as well.
So, what should you do if working out has been a challenge for you? Your action item is to begin viewing exercising as a requirement. View “not exercising” as something that negatively impacts your business and puts a lid on your potential. For beginners, just 30 minutes 3 days a week combining both cardio and weights is the way to go.
-Alexis Perkins @chaironefitness