Being an entrepreneur means working long days, often sitting at a computer, with little to no time for breaks. How many times have you actually looked at the clock, realized it was 3 pm, and that you haven’t eaten lunch yet? We’ve all been there!
But, as an entrepreneur, we know that we must remain healthy. If we are sick and can’t work, our business can’t function therefore it won’t grow, or worse, it will shrink.
Because of this, it is imperative that as entrepreneurs, we make health a priority in our lives. As a self-designated fitness addict, living a healthy lifestyle comes rather easily to me. But I’ve collected 5 of my favorite tips I follow to live a healthy lifestyle as a business owner and trust me, they’re not too hard for you to follow as well!
Be active for 30 minutes each and every day.
We definitely sit at our desks way too long each day. It’s just the nature of the business and there’s not much we can do about it (unless you were to invest in one of those standing desks over a treadmill, that would be life changing! #goals). This is why you must make it a priority in your day to do SOMETHING active for 30 minutes. This can be a workout, a long walk, a bike ride, doesn’t matter. It just needs to be something to get your body moving.
I like to get a workout done first thing every morning. I know for me personally if I put it off, I’m going to get too bogged down in work and the chances of me actually working out later in the day become slim to none. But another great option is to take a mid-day walk. Get outside, clear your mind, and come back refreshed and ready to continue your work.
Set a reminder for lunchtime.
I know I’ve had days when I realize way too late that I haven’t eaten lunch yet. Getting just one more task done before eating becomes 2 hours and soon enough it’s 4 pm and my stomach is eating itself from the inside out. Setting a reminder on your phone or computer is a great way to make sure you are eating on time and consistently every day.
Lunch doesn’t have to be a lot, a great protein shake or a salad with chicken can be quick and easy ways to get your nutrients in for the day without a lot of fuss.
Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
Our bodies get into rhythms very easily. They like consistency and they don’t like change. This is why going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time every day will do your body a world of good.
Now, I’m also going to say that getting 7-8 hours of sleep is also important. But I know from experience that as a business owner, that’s not always possible. But, if we aim for that goal and fall just a little short, we’ll be that much better for it.
When we work at a desk and are not very active throughout our day, our bodies may not crave water like they would if we were more active. But that doesn’t mean it’s not important to stay hydrated. And no, that doesn’t mean coffee and energy drinks. I mean water, good old H20.
Aim for half your body weight in ounces every day, but if you want extra credit, I aim for 100 oz daily. This extra hydration is great for the quality of your skin and helps ward away any of those germs that could get us sick.
Lastly, know your limits.
Let’s face it. As entrepreneurs, we all like to push ourselves to the edge sometime. Working off too little sleep and staring at a computer for too many hours just so we can complete one more task or hit one more deadline. We all have limits, and if you feel yourself nearing those limits, SHUT IT DOWN! We are no good to anyone if we are reaching exhaustion. The quality of our work will diminish and you will, more than likely, eventually suffer the consequences of a more serious illness.
So, just listen to your body. If you’re tired – go to bed. If you’re hungry – eat. If your eyes are burning from staring at a computer – turn it off. We must recognize and listen to our bodies cues, they are there for a reason. Don’t ignore them.
Remaining healthy as an entrepreneur is so important and it’s not actually that hard. Just takes a little extra focus and time to remember that we sometimes have to put ourselves and our health first.
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