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"Take a Hike!" - by Gary Lockwood. When we think of
secrets to business success, we generally include things like vision,
perseverance, creativity, and so on. I want you to add physical health to the
list. You can increase your well-being, jump-start your days, boost your
confidence, turbocharge your creativity, and knock down stress by exercising
Or a jog, swim, or bike ride.
When we think of secrets to business success, we generally include things like
vision, perseverance, creativity, and so on. I want you to add physical health
to the list.
Working with business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals in my coaching
practice, I have the opportunity to observe many successful business people.
With few exceptions, those who are consistently successful have lots of energy.
They have the stamina and the energy to be creative, to tirelessly serve their
clients, to put in the extra effort when necessary and to go the extra mile.
They don't work non-stop all the time, but they have the reserve of energy to
turn it on when they need it.
Where does that energy come from? Most of these successful entrepreneurs
exercise regularly. They walk, run, bicycle or swim. They work out at the gym or
they do their exercises at home. They know that regular exercise builds up
strength and endurance.
Before we go further with this, remember to see your doctor before you start on
an exercise program. Get a checkup and discuss your exercise requirements with
How do you get started? First, decide what part of the day would be best for
you. Are you a morning person? If so, get up a half hour earlier and get your
exercise then. If you're a zombie in the morning, a workout will flood your
brain with creativity-generating oxygen. In other words, it will wake you up;
There are not many things more stimulating than getting out in the early morning
for your exercise. Cool air, birds singing, the fresh smell of flowers and the
morning sun, all ready for you. While you're jogging, walking or biking, you can
daydream. You can plan your day. You can just enjoy the experience that most
ordinary people miss. Give it a go if you're not sure.
Some people prefer to workout at mid-day. This has a couple of terrific
advantages for you. For one, a workout and a shower makes it seem like you're
starting fresh for the afternoon. Also, a brisk walk or run will elevate your
metabolism, so when you grab a bite of lunch, your body will burn it off more
quickly. Use your mid-day workouts to reduce the stress of the workday.
Perhaps you prefer to take your exercise at the end of the day. Either after
work or even after dinner can be excellent times to work out. If you choose to
exercise after dinner, be sure to wait for your dinner to settle for at least an
hour. Working out at the end of the day has the advantage of being something for
you to look forward to as you move through your work day. Also, an end-of-day
workout will likely help you stay more alert in the evening, instead of dropping
off during the sitcoms.
What kind of exercise should you do? This is really a matter of preference. As
long as your workout elevates your heart rate for at least 30 minutes, you'll
get a good aerobic workout (good for the heart and lungs). For this type of
exercise, try running, brisk walking, bicycling, handball, jazzercize and so on.
An ideal combination is to mix aerobic exercise (usually strenuous, like running
or swimming laps) with anaerobic exercise (strength-building). For this type of
workout, try weight-lifting, stretching, calisthenics, or akido.
My personal favorite is running. I've been running for over thirty years. While
it has kept me relatively fit, I see my miles of running as primarily a
mental-health exercise. By running, I have reduced stress, slept better, been
more creative and boosted my confidence and self-esteem. By combining the
running with workouts at the gym, I have been able to stay fit in only a few
hours a week.
Wait a minute! Where are you going to find the time to exercise? Where do you
fit your workouts into your schedule? The time is not going to magically appear.
You'll need to "steal" the time from other places. Get up a half-hour
earlier, shorten those two-hour lunches, head for home 30 minutes earlier or
watch one less television program.
The bottom line is that regular, strenuous exercise is good for business,
because it's good for you. You can increase your well-being, jump-start your
days, boost your confidence, turbocharge your creativity, and knock down stress
by exercising consistently.
And that's not all. Think of exercise as your gift to yourself and to your loved
ones. A gift of longer life, more energy, happier disposition, increased
creativity and reduced pain.
Take a hike!
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