When you’re working 12-plus hours a day to run your business, it might seem impossible to make time for exercise.
When you’re done with managing your employees, client meetings, sales calls, admin work, and the rest of it, there’s very little time left to spend with your family or do the things you enjoy.
Not to mention, you’re probably exhausted, and the idea of running on a treadmill just sounds preposterous.
But if you can actually make time for exercise (even 15-20 minutes), you will reap some unexpected benefits.
If you can’t make it to the gym, you can still get a full-body dumbbell only workout at home.
Here are five benefits of exercise for busy entrepreneurs like you.
1. Better Focus and Memory
According to a 2017 McMaster University study, high-intensity exercise for as short as 20 minutes can boost memory.
So much so that the researchers concluded that intense exercise could be used as a tool to improve cognitive function in older adults.
We don’t need to explain to you why better memory could help you as an entrepreneur.
Whether it’s remembering to follow up with a potential prospect you met at an event a few weeks ago or catching your employees when they try to pull a fast one on you, the benefits can be numerous.
2. Better Sleep
Sometimes it can be hard to mentally switch off after a long day at work.
So you lie in bed tossing and turning, have trouble falling asleep, and wake up groggy and tired the next morning.
Moderate to heavy exercise can help you fall asleep faster. Not only because you’ll be actually more tired physically, but also because exercise can help reduce stress.
If you’re feeling calmer and more relaxed, you’ll doze off quicker, and wake up refreshed in the morning. For an extra boost in sleep, you can add a super greens powder to your diet that includes adaptogens like ashwagandha. Adaptogens are herbs that have a wide array of benefits, and promoting better sleep is only one of them.
3. More Confidence
One hidden benefit of exercise that shouldn’t be overlooked is the improvement in how you feel about yourself.
When you exercise regularly, you’ll start noticing fundamental shifts in how you feel as you go through your day. You’ll move better, you’ll be in a better mood, you’ll have more energy, feel more in control.
Yes, it really is that good. Just ask anyone that has been regularly exercising for a few months or years.
The benefit of feeling better overall is that it will increase your confidence. And more confidence means better performance with your clients, and more effective when communicating with your employees.
4. No Back Pain
Most of us that spend all day, everyday, sitting on a chair working on a computer, have felt back and neck aches from time to time. We sit with bad posture, and over time, it causes extra strain and imbalances in some of the muscles in your back. And let’s face it, it is unlikely that we’re going to remember or practice sitting with proper posture every day.
The other solution is to strengthen your core, glute, and back muscles to be able to withstand more of the strain.
You can look for yoga classes in your area if that sounds appealing to you. Or you can hire a trainer at the gym, which comes with the added benefit of accountability and consistency. Otherwise, you can find plenty of free core workouts on YouTube.
5. More Energy
If you can find that extra motivation to get a few pushups in every day, or go for a 30 minute jog, you’ll definitely start benefiting in the energy department.
You’ll almost never regret getting a workout in, after you’re done. If you put in a decent sweat session whether at the gym or at home, you’ll feel happier and rejuvenated. And over the days and weeks, if you stay consistent, you’ll find that your energy levels are gradually increasing.
You’ll have more energy and enthusiasm both at work and with your family/friends.
Yes, exercise can seem like the last thing on your list of priorities when it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the things that need to get done. But as we explained above, even a small 15-20 minute time investment can reap huge rewards.
Not only will you personally feel better and more energized, but it might even make you more efficient at work and increase your productivity.
nd the only way to make sure that you remain energetic and healthy in the long run so you can continue building your business and living a happy life is to start taking care of your health today.