Small business owners need to get creative when it comes to establishing times to work out and methods for staying fit. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but your business and everyone around you will thank you when you’re feeling more productive, active and excited about your company and your life.
The challenge is: how do you stay fit while running a small business?
Take Exercise Breaks
When you stimulate blood flow you refresh your mind by giving it oxygen and an escape from staring at a computer screen. Every hour just stand up and stretch, go for a quick walk around the building, do some squats or jumping jacks. On a conference call, walk around rather than sit. The key is to get up and do something! If you pause frequently enough, you can get in a few hundred squats or jumping jacks a day! Studies have shown that breaking up your work leads to a more productive work day. Time spent on exercise is made back in improved productivity.
Don’t Forget a Healthy Lunch
You’re hurting your business if you don’t refresh your mind with a nutritious lunch break. Your body needs nutrition to function properly. Many small business owners skip breakfast and even lunch sometimes, running mainly off coffee all day. Doing so is a recipe for disaster. Skipping meals makes you less healthy and leads to weight gain, since your body reads no food as a signal to store whatever calories it gets. You’ll be amazed how much more energy you can obtain from an apple, snack, salad or sandwich for lunch. Don’t skip meals!
Sleep is critical to your health and well being. Entrepreneurs are the biggest violators of this because they have so much too do all the time. Get the proper amount of sleep and you’ll be sharper and more energetic. Skimp on rest and you’ll risk high blood pressure, possible stroke and a variety of heart related issues as well. Bottom line – you’re not invincible, you need sleep!
By applying these healthy principles to your lifestyle, you’ll kick off 2018 with more energy to grow your business. You’ll be in better shape too!