Why the treadmill will help your business
As an entrepreneur, you’re willing to do whatever it takes to help your business. You spend late night after late night wholly focused on and devoted to your work. Your passion is improving the health of your business. But what about your health? With all the hours you’re spending at work you’re probably not carving out time to take care of yourself. You may tell yourself you don’t have the time but that is BS. Make the time! Otherwise you are sabotaging your business’ growth without even realizing it.
You may ask, “What difference does it make if I’m not in the best of shape?” The answer is: it makes a big difference. In order to lead your business successfully you need energy, focus, self-confidence and an positive attitude. Study after study shows that people in better physical condition perform at higher levels on all those dimensions and, as a bonus, they are better able to deal with stress.
The good news is you don’t have to run a marathon or become the next CrossFit champion, but you do have to be active. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
- An active lifestyle breeds an active mind. A light workout (or a walk) increases your energy levels, helping you work harder and more efficiently when you get back to your desk.
- Physical activity trains you to set and achieve goals. We all have goals that we struggle to achieve. Being consistently active helps our brains learn to break a daunting goal into little steps, making it less intimidating and easier to realize.
- Being fit can actually make you smarter. A recent study at Harvard showed that aerobic activities like walking, running and swimming improve your verbal memory and ability to learn.
- Exercise boosts self-confidence. It doesn’t matter if you run 10 miles or stroll around the block. Getting out there and moving boosts your self-image; that increased confidence will help drive you through the tough business decisions you face.
- Exercise reduces stress, and don’t we all have too much stress to deal with? You actually get a double benefit: exercise reduces the levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline while also increasing your production of endorphins, hormones which enhance your mood (the well-known “runner’s high”).
On top of all that there is the good-old-fashioned benefit of just having some time to clear your mind. Forget about work for a while. When you re-engage you will feel fresher and see things more clearly. Often people come up with solutions to difficult problems during their down time from work. It may even be while working out.
You may be thinking, “This sounds good in theory but I really am so busy!” Don’t let that be your excuse. The challenge is to make the time. There are proven ways you can help yourself start up a regular exercise program. Join a gym that is conveniently located near your home or place of business. Set up recurring appointments in your calendar for your workouts. Join group activities such as aerobics or yoga classes, ideally with friends who will ask where you were if you miss a session. Set goals, such as running or biking a certain distance.
We are creatures of habit. Make exercise a part of your routine. Before long you’ll find you are uncomfortable any time you miss your normal workout.
And remember, you are not the only one who will come out ahead. Your business will reap the benefits of your positive energy, reduced stress, improved self-confidence and ability to set and achieve goals.