If you’re an entrepreneur with more irons in the fire than you can count, but you want to stay fit and healthy, you aren’t alone. It’s hard to shift gears from a never-ending to-do list and focus on your personal health and well-being.
The truth is, your body needs just as much attention as your business — possibly more.
As a matter of fact, if you lead a healthy lifestyle, it will be profitable for you and your business, cutting your long-term healthcare costs and equipping you to run your business with less stress and more ease. It’s no secret that healthy people tend to be more productive and happier.
So, here’s how to get started.
1. Exercise while traveling
Get a great full body workout in your hotel room in just 20 minutes without needing any additional equipment with a 20-Minute Hotel Room Workout. You can also hit the hotel gym.
If you’d rather keep it simple, don’t forget to pack resistance bands and you can literally workout anywhere with a number of exercises you can try. Resistance bands are light-weight, cheap and can be selected to match your body weight. Even in a small hotel room, you’ll be able to get a full body workout.
2. Try a healthy meal delivery program
There are various meal delivery services on the market today such as Freshology, Munchery, and Fresh N Lean that ship fresh, gourmet, calorie and portion controlled meals right to your home, office or hotel door. Select a healthy food delivery service that fits your budget and your taste.
3. Power nap and download a sleep app
Proper sleep can enhance your overall health. Start with scheduling a power nap to recharge your brain; empowering you to conquer the rest of the day. Also, never compromise on your sleep.
If you’re old routine isn’t working try using a sleeping app to fall asleep fast. For example, Sleep Genius is an app that was developed following research helping NASA get astronauts to sleep. Sleep Genius gradually awakens you with a gentle 5 minute Revive Cycle scientifically created to help you wake to soothing sounds, welcoming you to a new day. And like most sleeping apps you can track your sleep habits, set power naps and more.
4. Create a ‘get fit’ home and office culture
Given the right tools, we can accomplish a lot. The same goes for fitness. If you’re company culture champions health and wellness, make key equipment available to staffers in a dedicated ‘fit’ space.
Equipping your ‘fit space’ with work out equipment, such as rowing machines, a punching bag, stretching mats and standard cardio equipment. A healthy team translates into less sick days and improved morale.
5. Get your heart pumping at every opportunity
Carry on your next one-on-one business meeting while climbing stairs. Answer important emails while stretching in your office, doing seated leg raises or even a desk squat … yes, that’s a thing. The point is to keep your body moving and avoid sedentary positions for long periods of time.
Find creative ways of getting more activity. Instead of sending an email to your colleague across the hall, deliver it in-person. Use stairs rather than the elevator and stand up from your desk from time to time and stretch your body.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Charles Crawford is a high-level entrepreneur and co-founder of Crawford and O’Brien. Charles has been studying internet marketing, web design, and tech start-ups for years, and he has been successful with multiple business ventures such as affiliate marketing (where 98%+ of people never make money). Connect with @crawfordobrien on Twitter.