“The First wealth is health.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In today’s turbulent economic conditions, managing a business for an entrepreneur is an arduous task. Engaged in calls and meetings around the clock, sitting for long hours with the laptop, and incessant responsibilities take a toll on health. If you are an entrepreneur, this sedentary lifestyle is dangerous for your health as it may lead to serious health repercussions.
By not paying enough attention to their health, young entrepreneurs can manage to pass through their 20’s and 30’s with few health problems, but after an age these issues built up slowly. Whether it is the development of crippling back problems, diabetes, digestive disorders or repetitive strain injuries, most of these conditions are very hard to reverse once they are set in.
Entrepreneurs wake up! Just as your business thrives well when you take care of it, the same way your body will function properly only if you take adequate care of it. There’s another catch- it’s a well-known fact that healthy people are more productive and leading a healthy lifestyle will benefit both you and your business in the long run. For all those who manage their businesses, this should serve as the right dose of motivation to take charge and manage their health as well.
Here are some tips for how to stay fit and healthy while managing your business:
Work can be incredibly busy and stressful, but it’s important to make time for physical activity throughout the day. Sitting behind a desk all day is inevitable but you are likely to feel better and be more creative if you are active.
1. Don’t be chained to your desk:
According to an article in NCHPAD (National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability), living a sedentary lifestyle may lead to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Other problems may manifest in time, such as back problems and deterioration of eyesight. Experts recommend a break at least once every hour to keep the body fit.
2. Turn your commute into a work out:
As innovation is the key to every successful business; in the same way use it for your fitness too. If feasible, you could bike or walk to work! If your workplace is too far away and you live in a metro or urban area, you might consider taking public transport close to work and walk rest of the way. These small things ensure you get your daily dose of exercise.
3. Get some exercise every day:
According to a study published in Pubmed, physically active individuals suffer from fewer ailments than less-active individuals. Physical activity reduces cardiovascular risk through lowering of blood pressure, improved glucose tolerance, reduced obesity, improvement in lipid profile, and other factors. Therefore, grab your daily dose of exercise – walk, bike, swim, jog, do yoga, or something else you like. There are just so many forms of exercise to choose from.
4. When traveling, try to maintain your exercise regimen:
Entrepreneurs are generally required to travel very frequently for work. While dealing with clients, handling the meetings, preparation of presentations, along with loads of other things, exercise takes the rear seat. Try to manage your schedule and fit in some time for exercise.
Easy Diet Tips
Eating healthy is one-third of living a healthy lifestyle, along with exercise and sleep. Having healthy food ensures your body is fueled with the appropriate nutrients keeping your energy levels high throughout the day. Junk foods, such as, colas, sodas, and foods high in sugar and starch have detrimental effect on your health. As an entrepreneur, you need high reserves of energy to keep your productivity levels high.