I am sure we all agree that regular exercise is important for our health and general well-being. So I won’t bore you with the generic, well-known reasons to exercise. Instead I will give a few examples of how my exercise schedule is helping me grow my online business.
My personal exercise schedule
It honestly does not get much simpler than this; Monday to Friday, I run 5 km every morning before breakfast. Additionally, I do some power exercises three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). These power exercises consist of a bunch of push-ups (currently I do between 90-100 in one go, but it took me awhile to get there), a bunch of crunches and sit-ups and a bunch of pull-ups and chin-ups. All in all, the power exercises take me about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The daily 5 km take me about half an hour.
How exercise helps
It gives me an excuse to go outside
Yep, I am that pathetic…. I need an excuse to go outside!
Founding and growing a business by yourself often means working long hours. Even though I fully understand and comprehend the importance of regularly stepping away and focussing on something else, it’s often hard to actually do so.
Exercising gives me a clear goal and something to do, so it’s a great excuse to get away from the desk and go outside.
It helps with getting a good night’s sleep
This one is huge for me. I am not typically a good sleeper, never been. If I don’t sleep well, I am pretty useless the next day. Additionally, having a single night of bad sleep often ends up spiraling out of control and before I know it, I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in a week.
Doing a decent amount of exercise every single day has been a huge aid in helping me sleep, and sleep well. For me personally, it’s important to feel physically tired after exercising. Doing a moderate amount of less intense exercise does not have that much of an impact on my sleep quality. This is different for everyone and finding the right amount and intensity of your workout might take some time and experimentation.
It helps me cope with stress and anxiety
We all know running a business by yourself can be super stressful. Doing daily exercise definitely helps me deal with the stress and anxiety. Going for a long run helps me slow down, deepen my breathing and take my mind of the business.
Whenever I feel that tightness in my chest, recurring thoughts or worries I can’t seem to shake or simply feel overwhelmed I grab my running shoes knowing I feel a lot better in half an hour!
After completing my run I feel relaxed, accomplished and satisfied. Ready to get back into the work and deal with whatever’s on my plate!
It helps me clear my head
I found that about 10 to 15 minutes into my daily run, my thoughts start to slow down and it becomes easier to focus on the running. It almost turns into a meditation exercise. At this point, I often have new ideas and / or inspiration come to me without me consciously chasing it or trying to work something out in my mind.
Know of any additional ways exercise increase productivity? How does regular exercise make you a better entrepreneur? Feel free to share in the comments below.