There's a lot of advice available for entrepreneurs, some good, some bad. The last thing most entrepreneurs think about is their health. Slowing down is often seen as a sign of weakness in a hustlepreneur culture that promotes three hours of sleep and six cups of coffee to out-perform the competition. It's not sustainable.
If there's one piece of wisdom I ever write on this platform that should hold your attention it's this;
Don't Forget About Your Health
Two years in to starting my own business and 27 years in to my life I bragged about how little sleep I got and how much I accomplished. Shortly after I turned 28 I was in and out of the hospital with the mother of all stomach infections. It forced me to slow down immediately. When I accepted my Shorty Award (humble brag) I could barely function and skipped a dance-off with Bill Nye to go to my hotel and sit in the fetal position clutching my stomach.
In entrepreneurship you want long-term results not short-term gain. I've accomplished more in the last two years than any point in my life. The formula has been consistency. I go to the gym and lock-in for at least an hour every day. I listen to podcasts to get smarter, lift to get stronger. It calms my very overactive brain.
"Aside from the obvious health benefits & the standard 'it gives you energy to do your job' blah blah it helps build my sense of self accountability which I think transfers to other areas of life," said Maggie Rimnac, Digital Marketing Specialist at Motivation Excellence "Like work I tend to choose workout regimens with an end goal like a competition, so it helps me understand the goal & what I need to do to get there."
Rimnac has combined a passion for powerlifting and marketing that is unique and impressive. But you don't have to be the strongest, fastest or have a 12-pack to create something that works for you. I workout mostly so I can eat Five Guys without feeling guilty.
"Physical fitness doesn't need to rank as number #1, but it does need to be near the top," said Ben Midgley, CEO & Co-Founder of Crunch Fitness Franchise. "For me the rank goes family, business, health. The health however is what allows me to get the most of the #1 & #2 parts of life."
How Do You Make Time?
The best advice Midgley gave when interviewed was personalizing the struggle everyone has with finding enough time in the day. Take the time to read his quick story below because it's easy to relate.
"I love this question, when you have been in the industry as long as I have you get this question a lot. As well, Crunch has a million members we try to help motivate everyday to "get in a workout." I can't give you 3 steps to making workouts a habit or 5 steps to motivating yourself to do things that may make you sore and how to eat food that you feel is boring and tasteless because its' healthy.
But I did hear a very motivational story once that I will share. There was a gentleman named Murray, he was in his low 30's and was a very sharp young man, lots of friends and a promising business that he had been pouring his heart and soul into for 7 years. He had a wonderful young family and was very fortunate that he had an equally talented and beautiful wife Taylor, who had a successful business of her own. They both spent a lot of time growing the businesses and then in the free time they had, they spent it with their kids. Sometimes just doing homework or driving them to sports games and when they could, something fun they could all do together.
The only challenge with this very busy life was that Murray & his wife where feeling a bit tired. They weren't eating great and when nighttime rolled around there wasn't always enough energy left for Mom & Dad time.
Murray and Taylor struggled to make the time to prepare healthy foods, and got an occasional workout in here and there but it never amounted to much and, they couldn't make it a habit either. So it tended to get neglected and the treadmill did it's job of drying the clothes.
Then one day, after a long talk with each other while eating a bag of pops chips, they decided to make healthier eating decisions and to workout at least 4 times a week. And that's what they did.
The End. Everything comes down to the decision to do it."