Being a young entrepreneur definitely has its perks. You get to see your dream come to life. You get to make your own schedule (for the most part). You get to wake up everyday and do something that matters to you. Still, despite these perks, being an entrepreneur can take a toll, especially on your body. While you get to make your own hours, the hours are still undeniably long, and your physical health can suffer. There can seem like there isn't enough time to work out and eat well. But there is.
You just have to make time for yourself.
People who invest in themselves -- whether it be taking a fitness class or an academic or career course -- have greater success in life in general. In other words, take care of yourself, and everything else will follow.
You already know you're a force in your industry. Now you have to be a force for yourself, and your health.
Here's your young entrepreneur's guide to getting -- and staying -- fit.
Workout in the Morning
The benefits of working out in the morning are many, and include a decrease risk of diabetes, an increased metabolism, bolstered mood and focus as well as invigorated willpower throughout the day. One of the most compelling reasons to work out in the morning, however, is that you'll actually do it. People who get their workout done and dusted at dawn are less likely to skip it.
Buy Workout Gear You Love
You know how the idea of wearing an amazing outfit can make the idea of going to a special event even more amazing? Well, same goes workout duds. Even if you workout from home, slipping into a pair of awesome yoga pants and a cute sports top can help you feel motivated to exercise. Ladies, buy women’s gym clothes you love. Guys, get your men’s workout gear you dig. Don’t skimp on yourself!
Keep it Short & Sweet (& Sweaty!)
There’s no need to commit hours a day to your fitness regime. Instead, opt for shorter (and even more effective) stints of exercise, like high-intensity interval training (HIIT). By forcing you out of your aerobic zone, where your body is fueled by oxygen, and into your aerobic zone, where your body is fueled by fat, HIIT has been shown to burn more fat and build more muscle than steady-state exercise.
Meal Plan & Prep
Meal planning and preparation is the busy person’s saving grace when it comes to sticking to a healthy diet. After all, if you don’t have anything ready to eat when you’re hungry, you’ll likely eat just about anything: donuts, chips, candy bars — whatever is convenient. However, if you have healthy food ready and with you when you get hungry, you can dig into that instead of a less nutritious option.
You don’t have to get into exhaustive meal planning wherein you spend your entire Sunday cooking food for the week ahead. (Though you can certainly do this if you want!) Instead, buy simply snacks that can be eaten or easily combined into meals, like fresh raw veggies and hummus. Mini cans of tuna and brown rice crackers. Berries, almonds, and yogurt. Cheese sticks and apple slices. Whole food bars or protein bars are also great options, too. Just ensure be sure to read labels. Some protein bars are meals, and some are snacks. It’s important to know what you’re eating, so you don’t over or under eat.
This may be the hardest tip for many busy entrepreneurs, but make sure to prioritize your sleep! A good night’s rest will help you stay focused, motivated and energetic for the day ahead, whether you’re crushing your workout, or heading an important meeting, or closing a deal.
Take your health as important as you take your business and you’ll not only improve your fitness, but you’ll also boost your ability to run your business.