7 Reasons Why Exercise is Essential as Entrepreneurs
As entrepreneurs, our To Do lists can seem never-ending. A non-negotiable though should be exercise. Because to impact our world, we must first be able to prove that we can take care of ourselves. It's easy to brush off exercise but here are 7 reasons why exercise is essential as entrepreneurs.
1. Sharper FOCUS
Laser-like focus is important, especially in our digital world. The average person is bombarded with 5000 ads per day all vying for your attention. Not to mention social media and email notifications. Keep your focus sharp with exercise so you can continue in your lane.
2. More CREATIVITY
Entrepreneurs are problem-solvers. Creativity is our lifeblood. A 2014 Stanford survey suggests that creativity output increases by an average of 60% when walking. Grab an ice cream and go for a walk for your next meeting. Bonus points for being in nature!
3. Increase PRODUCTIVITY
We're entrepreneurs, not 9-to-5'ers meaning we're results-oriented. According to numerous studies, exercise helps produce more chemicals in our body called ATP which boosts our energy for mental output. Simply put, get better results faster by increasing your productivity with exercise.
4. Networking OPPORTUNITIES
Going to a local gym can lead to community building, trust and potential referrals, partners or opportunities for your business. Switch it up and make it fun by dropping into a fitness class like yoga or pilates. Meeting new people in an informal setting takes away the pressure to have to be “on” as businesswomen, so networking this way could be more organic and genuine.
5. Lower STRESS
Stress is inevitable as entrepreneurs and… well, all humans. Exercise produces endorphins – chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers. It also improves our ability to sleep which helps reduce stress. Don't let that stress build up, lower it with exercise.
6. Better MEMORY
Who was that person again? Mary? Melissa? Maggie? Networking can be a big part in many entrepreneurs' lives. Remembering people's names, faces, and their stories help build stronger rapport boosting your personal reputation which directly affects your business.
7. Healthier BODY
If you can't even take care of your body, how can you take care of your business? First impressions are everything. Show up as the best version of you and inspire others – your teammates, business partners, customers, your following – whomever. At the end of the day, as entrepreneurs, we're all in the business of inspiring others.
My go-to exercise is capoeira. What's yours? Comment below.
Kay's Life Mission is to unite and uplift our world. The theme for her next 3 decades is to make others happy through good product with great people. She currently serves as Founder for Makishi Apparel, a women's TravelWear brand, to help you look and feel UNSTOPPABLE as you Pursue True Happiness. Kay believes True Happiness is a lifelong journey of serving others through YOUR special gift to our world. Makishi 真喜志 in Japanese means Pursue True Happiness. Kay has traveled 50+ countries (including solo cycling 5000 miles, 5 months from China to Uzbekistan) and is an Oxford grad. She likes capoeira, bursting out into random dance and dreams of base jumping one day.