In our recent blogs providing tips to avoiding isolation as an entrepreneur (http://delphiniumbusinesscoaching.co.uk/5-tips-avoid-isolation-entrepreneur/) and staying happy and healthy (http://delphiniumbusinesscoaching.co.uk/5-simple-ways-stay-happy-work/) we talked about staying active.
Staying active is essential to ensuring good health and when you’re an entrepreneur staying healthy can be essential to the success of your business. Taking time off due to illness can be catastrophic! As well as helping to prevent illnesses, staying active lowers your stress and anxiety levels, it improves your problem solving capabilities, boosts your energy levels and increases confidence. When you exercise as part of a group it can also be a great way to build your network.
But how can you stay active as an entrepreneur when you have so much to do working in and on your business?! Here are 10 tips to help you stay active when your time is limited:
1. Start or end the day with some yoga – Yoga is a great way to invigorate you in the morning and relax you in the evening. Brett Larkin’s 15 minute morning yoga routine (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=brett+larkin+morning+yoga) and her 10 minute bedtime yoga fix (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJf4pIcRnU4) are fantastic for when you’re short on time! There’s no journey to the gym and the videos can be watched via a number of devices so you can do them in any room in the house, or even in the garden if the weather is nice.
2. Use the stairs whenever you can – Instead of rushing straight for the lift take 5-10 minutes to use the stairs. If you are unable to climb/descend all the floors necessary within 5-10 minutes, and you are unable to spare anymore time, use the lift for the rest of the floors. The more you use the stairs, the more your fitness levels will increase and you will notice that you are able to climb/descend more and more flights within your allocated 5-10 minutes.
3. Invest in a skipping rope – Skipping helps improve cardio-respiratory fitness, flexibility and co-ordination. It is great for trimming your hips, thighs and bottom. You can also burn over 100 calories in just 10 minutes of skipping! So, when having one of those important breaks from your computer screen, why not burn off some calories rather than sitting with a cup of tea and a biscuit, putting the calories on?
4. Do you have a trampoline in the garden? – It’s great exercise and you will usually find yourself laughing while bouncing around. This will result in your body releasing more endorphins than by exercising alone and you will feel even happier! If the children are on the trampoline, why not join them? It’s a great way to spend some family time.
5. What are you doing while watching the TV? – While we all need to take time to relax some light exercise while watching your favourite program can make a huge difference. Whether you have a stepper, treadmill, exercise bike or rowing machine at home, or you co-ordinate a trip to the gym with when your program is on, it’s a great way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
6. Start an office walking or running club – If you are office based, why not start a club to take a brisk walk or a jog for 30 minutes over lunch. It’s a great way to get you and your staff out in the fresh air, re-energise ready for the afternoon and engage with your staff away from the office.
7. Attend a local exercise class – By attending a local class each week, even if it’s only 1 a week, you will get to know other people that attend the class and grow your network.
8. Active networking – Do you play squash, badminton or golf? These kind of sports are great activities to do while networking. If you don’t currently play any of these kind of sports, why not add learning a new sport to your list of goals. If you have thought about learning to play golf have a look at http://www.getintogolf.org/. Ladies can attend free taster sessions and beginner courses for as little as £25 for a 5 week course!
9. How do you spend time with the family? – Are you an active family? If not, think about all the things you can do together that are more active. This could include going on a bike ride, taking a walk around a lake or reservoir and stopping for a picnic, engaging in water sports such as kayaking or windsurfing. If the weather is bad, how about 10 pin bowling or mini golf?
10. Catching up with friends – I am the first to hold my hand up and admit how easy it is to arrange a meal or a few drinks when catching up with friends. These are things that just about everyone is happy to do and they take very little organising. Why not put a little more thought into organising your get together and do something active? There are the usual exercise classes or running clubs. However, if you want to have a giggle with the girlies how about trying a belly dancing or pole dancing class together?
Whatever it is that you decide to do, make sure you include time to exercise when planning your day and you are getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. Most importantly have fun with it!