People often wonder how business owners remain healthy. As someone who is often asked, “Are you a personal trainer?” (I most definitely am not!), I thought I’d share some helpful hints and tips into becoming and remaining healthy while building your business.
I am a former sprinter who maintains visions of running again on the master’s track circuit so I remain healthy and stay in shape by doing sprinting-related workouts at the gym. I lift weights (light some days, heavy others), do box jumps, various plyometric exercises, Bosu ball balancing and many different core exercises. I go by how I feel but I generally work out 2-3 days in a row, then one day off. My day off often includes 30 minutes of Ashtanga Yoga using a video or from memory. I typically head to the gym around 7 or 7:30pm and work out for 1.5 hours. Working out at the end of the day is also a fantastic way for me to cut off thoughts about my business and eliminate stress. On the weekends, when the weather is nice I’ll run (or walk!) the stadium steps, go rollerblading, or do some sprinting drills in the park or on the track.
In addition, I eat very healthy. I eat organic meat on occasion, but largely follow a vegetarian diet. I eat 8-12 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, drink 2-3 cups of green tea, and drink lots of water (all that fiber!). I fast for 3-10 days twice per year. I visit the chiropractor every six weeks or so because all the sitting during the day without my legs firmly planted on the floor adversely impacts my back. I also meditate for 10-30 minutes every morning and many nights. I’ve been working out nearly my entire life but I’ve only been meditating for six years, and regularly meditating for two. Meditating has had the largest impact on calming my head noise and business-related stress on an ongoing basis.
When I Travel
Finally, when I travel, I typically stay at a Hampton Inn because they have pretty good gyms with weights and Bosu balls. I bring a jump rope and will do yoga in my room using a hotel towel. (No, I don’t cart my yoga mat around!)
Any additional suggestions? What do you do to stay in shape?