Thursday, April 14, 2011

5 Ways to Stay Healthy as an Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, you probably have a lot going on: working on your business, marketing, doing the work for your clients/customers, spending time with your family and friends, making time for yourself, etc. And because you have a lot going on, you may find that living a healthy lifestyle is the last thing on your mind. Well, it shouldn't be. If you're not taking care of yourself, it's going to be very difficult for you to handle everything else you have going on in your life.

With that said, here are five tips to help you become healthier:

  1. Schedule time to work out. Exercise is essential when it comes to keeping your body healthy and your immune system strong. Doing aerobic and strength-building exercises consistently will help you feel more alert and keep your energy levels stable, which helps you do your best work and can directly impact your success. If you have to, write "work out" on your calendar or in your planner so you know it's a part of the day's activities (that's what I do).
  2. Eat a balanced diet. Trust me, I know how hard it is to do this. It's a lot easier to grab a burger or candy bar when you're hungry, especially if your day is super busy. But, for your health, it's important that your diet is balanced. As much as possible, eat whole foods, vegetables and lean meats. And for snacks, try fruit, nuts like almonds or pretzels.
  3. Get the essential vitamins and minerals. These are important when it comes to maintaining your bodily functions and enhancing your health overall. If it's hard for you to get the recommended intake through natural sources (fruits and vegetables), think about supplementing your diet with vitamin pills.
  4. Stress less. This can be easier said than done, but stress over long periods of time can have serious adverse effects on your mind and body. Ways to avoid and/or lessen stress include a nice walk, meditation, exercise and yoga; any activity that relaxes you and takes your mind off of whatever is stressing you should work.
  5. Get enough sleep. Ideally, your body needs between seven and eight hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep to function properly and help you stay alert.

How do you make sure you stay healthy as an entrepreneur? Share your tips below! : )

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