Unlocking fitness to unlock business

Taking your entrepreneurship to the next level is one of the most fulfilling things you can do, but it also takes a lot of time and effort. Between finding suppliers, talking to customers, managing a team and thinking about the big picture, it is easy to neglect other areas of your life, including your health. Finding the time to keep healthy however, and adapting your lifestyle, is essential — not just for you, but also for your business.

Why is it essential for entrepreneurs to maintain a healthy body?

Research indicates that those who are physically fit and take care of their health tend to perform better mentally than those who do not. They have faster response times, higher attention spans, and more concrete memory retention than their less-healthy counterparts. In other words, when you keep your body healthy, your mind will follow suit. This will help you feel good, but also make better decisions and may ultimately have a beneficial impact on the bottom line.

So, what kind of things can entrepreneurs work into their daily routine, to keep themselves fit and focused?

Exercise regularly

It is well-known that exercising regularly can improve your brainpower. According to a study by NCBI, exercise helps reduce the risk of heart disease which in turn, helps stop cognitive decline. Regular exercise can also improve your mood, making you more productive at work and home.

Drink a lot of water

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is vital for your brain’s health and functioning. Research shows that, water helps supply nutrients to the brain, reducing fatigue and increasing productivity levels. You should drink at least eight glasses of water per day for optimal health benefits.

Ensure you’re getting enough sleep

Science has proven that sleep deprivation can cause serious health issues such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even Alzheimer’s disease. To keep your mind and body healthy, and your business in optimum shape, ensure you get at least 8 hours sleep every night. If this is not possible, try to squeeze in a quick nap during the day. Sometimes in business we need to burn the candle at both ends but, if we make a habit of this, it will eventually impact our health, and our performance.

Maintain a proper diet

A proper diet can help your mental performance by positively influencing your mood, concentration, and behaviour. Try eating food such as leafy greens and protein-rich foods such as fish, turkey, and chicken, which have been found to boost mental health positively.

It’s also essential to make sure you’re getting enough vitamins. It’s recommended that entrepreneurs take vitamin D supplements because they help increase the brain’s ability to function properly. In addition, vitamin C is known for its ability to boost the immune system, which helps prevent illnesses that may affect your cognitive abilities.

Take breaks

According to one study people who take regular breaks from tasks are more productive than those who don’t. It’s essential to take frequent breaks as it gives your brain a chance to rest and refuel. You could go for a short walk, stretch or even play with your pets for a few minutes. Taking regular breaks will make you feel more energised and ready to tackle your work with renewed energy.

Conclusion

Just as you prioritise efficiency in your business, ensure that you do the same for your body. Exercise, eat healthy, and take time off to rest to ensure that your body and mind are always in optimal health.

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Philip Keezer

I’m Philip J. Keezer, president and founder of management consulting firm Grindstone Capital. Dedicated to hard work, learning, positivity and accountability.