Entrepreneurs lead a busy lifestyle. Many don’t have a predictable 9 to 5 office schedule or even work a fixed number of hours a day. Early morning meetings, deadlines that make them stay up late into the night, and business requirements that consume the weekends too, don’t give entrepreneurs much time to indulge in many of the essential activities.
However, taking care of one’s health is also extremely important. It has often been the case that business owners who work extremely long hours burn out from the mental and physical toll such a lifestyle takes on their bodies. Having a healthy body and a healthy mind is essential to running a business. That is why, to achieve constant and long term success both in personal and professional lives, it is important that entrepreneur take good care of their health, consume appropriate nutrition, and set aside time for a solid fitness routine.
Step 1: Forget the Fads, Find Your Focus
Many people fall for the weight loss and the beach body transformation programs offered these days. Not only are these programs difficult to follow for entrepreneurs who don’t have a regular schedule, but such programs also tend to give short term results only. As an entrepreneur, it is important to be able to distinguish between fitness and aesthetics. You should focus on functional training, performance enhancing workouts, and mind power. Your aim is to improve your capacity for work in everyday situations.
Step 2: Get in Your Fitness Element
Although gyms are the best equipped environments for working out, they are not the only places. If you can’t take out the time in the day to travel to a fitness center or a gym, you can always set up workout corners in your home or your office.
To start a workout routine we suggest your purchase some of the below mentioned items for your at-home gym. However you do not necessarily need all of them to get going.
- Pull up bar (wall mounted)
- Adjustable bench
- One Olympic barbell
- Some weight plates according to your needs
- Some dumbbells according to your needs
- Jump rope
- Yoga mat
Step 3: Utilize These Exercises for an Effective Workout
Following are the exercises that are performed at all training levels from beginners to professional body builders. You can start slow, focusing on the form and techniques first and then eventually adding weight as you progress and get more comfortable:
- Bench press
- Dead lift
- Shoulder press
- Pull ups
- Push ups
- Cardio (Running, cycling, swimming)
Step 4: Focus on Nutrition
Nutrition is hugely important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The following broad tips will help in designing your food routine:
- Fix your meal timings
- Focus on nutrient intake instead of calories
- Keep a balance between carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
- Eat whole foods
- Avoid tea or coffee with your breakfast