By Emily Ford
The saying “Health is wealth” is currently the most underrated proverb nowadays. It’s because all of us know about it, but very few make an effort to follow through.
Staying fit can seem like a luxury to many of us given the modern hectic lifestyle. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, then there is little chance for you to find time to take care of your health.
However, as much we care about our business and think about reaching new heights, we also need to take care of ourselves. After all, a healthy body helps us focus properly and helps us think clearly.
Let’s look at a few necessary daily activities to nurture our health every day.
#1. Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule
You may already know how it feels like to have less sleep than required, and how it can be stressful for your body.
Our body needs time to recharge itself to function properly, and sleep helps us do just that. It’s the time when our body heals. Many workaholic people, like entrepreneurs, tend to work till late hours of the night, which is quite the opposite to the body’s demands for staying healthy.
Maintaining a constant sleep routine works the best. On average an adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep daily to maintain proper health. So set your bedtime accordingly.
Most importantly, you should never bring your work to your bed! Avoid electronic devices before preparing to sleep, because the radiations from the device screen stress your eyes.
Sleep not only recharges your body but also relaxes your mind. Try to stick to a regular routine, and your body will show you the positive result soon.
#2. Commit to A Healthy Diet
A healthy and nutritious diet is one of the fundamental necessities of a healthy body.
But then again, for business owners like you have to maintain such busy schedules that you may not get enough time to eat a proper, planned meal.
It may seem convenient to rush to a nearby restaurant or grab a quick bite from the office cafeteria to satisfy your hunger; this may not work out in favor of your health in the long run.
To remain healthy despite your busy schedule, cut down on fast food and soft drinks. Instead, go for a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrate, and vitamins.
A balanced meal menu can help cover all the body requirements and will fulfill your appetite as well.
But you don’t have to do it overnight! Try to bring in the changes gradually.
#3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!
When was the last time you walked on a regular basis?
For a business owner, the mere thought of exercising can be very tiring. But still, you must exercise your body to remain healthy.
Walking is the simplest form of daily exercise that most of us can include in our daily routine. If possible, try to walk to your workplace.
Apart from this, running, cycling and other muscle exercise all help to nourish the immune system. Regular exercise can not only help you build a healthy body but a more youthful and happy mind too.
Instead of taking medicine to remove toxins from our bodies, exercise will be more natural and effective.
Besides, who doesn’t want to look fit? Even if you are a hugely successful entrepreneur, a healthy body is always an advantage.
#4. Avoid Sitting For Prolonged Periods
Sitting for long hours can prove to be quite harmful to your body in the long run. The inactivity can lead to unsolicited weight gains and back pain.
Consider alternative pieces of furniture options for your office, such as standing desk and work-friendly recliners.
#5. Drink Water
73% of our body cells are made up of water. Alongside healthy diets, staying hydrated is also essential to good health.
Many people around the world suffer from chronic dehydration resulting in fatigue, reduced cognitive functions, and mood swings. By the time we feel thirsty, we are already dehydrated.
As an entrepreneur, you can’t afford to be dehydrated because you need to stay on top of your game at all times. Your work should not be affected by reduced cognitive functions.
Keep a bottle of water near your desk or your bed so that you can always stay hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking six to eight glasses of water every day.
Drinking water is essential, and it’s time we emphasize drinking water more than we drink coffee, especially in the morning.
#6. Take A Break!
For a business owner or an entrepreneur, taking a break from such a responsible position seems to be almost impossible.
Your role requires constant communication with stakeholders and working all the time to achieve success. But, what if you suddenly burn out?
You’re a human being, not a machine. Your body won’t let you work continuously with the same enthusiasm, and fatigue can take over at any time.
To achieve a win-win situation, you should make a routine of taking small breaks during work hours. Make sure you utilize weekends and holidays too!. It will recharge your mind and prepare you for the next phase of your business.
Cherish a hobby in your weekly schedule. Hit the tennis court, go swimming, visit a new place or do anything that feels relaxing.
A healthy mind will lead you to greater success than one that’s stressed out. Focus on your mental health alongside your physical health.
Entrepreneurs relentlessly work hard – there’s no doubt about that. But such busy work requires you to be at the top of your game at all times.
By focusing on your physical and mental health, you can ensure that you’re keeping a level head to focus on your business’s well-being.
So, follow the tips discussed so far and adopt the healthy habits that will help you run your business for years to come.
Emily Ford is a content writer at FeedFond. A flagbearer of organic eating and a fitness freak, she’s a healthcyclopedia. To read more of her articles, visit FeedFond.com.
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