Nowadays, becoming an entrepreneur is more accessible than ever. Through incredible changes in education, high school courses that focus on business are now offered. So children are inspired from an early age to think about how they can run a business, or create their own.
Also, you can now learn any essential skill on YouTube and skills sharing websites where everyday people can create a course sharing their area of expertise.
Those who have ‘made it’ are also more able to share tips and tricks, insights and resources via the internet and social media. Personal branding is also so much more accessible, where you can be the business with social media posts, blogs and vlogs.
So, in essence, it is all to play for, and these are exciting times for entrepreneurs. What a wonderful world where everyone with a dream has the tools at their fingertips to bring them to life.
What Does Entrepreneurship Have To Do With Moving Your Body?
Careers can be heavily skills-based, and although you do need to be competitive in all kinds of professions, the emphasis isn’t necessarily on your performance, all of the time. You can work in an office and have a bad day where you don’t work as hard because you’re tired. You can coast just a little, and spread your efforts.
That isn’t to say you don’t work hard, but as a team, you’re a person in a crowd of people, so you do have some flexibility when it comes to performance the odd time.
In contrast, when you are an entrepreneur, you nearly have no room for error. You are the key. You are the core. You are the engine.
Your business cannot succeed without you because you are your business.
Later down the line maybe one day you’ll have a business partner to help, but even then, they won’t be happy picking up your slack all the time.
Being your personal boss has the perk of choosing when you work and when you don’t. But, realistically, if you want your business to succeed, you need to be choosing to work most of the time. That’s the life of an entrepreneur.
If you are your business, then naturally, you have to be healthy. You can’t afford sick days, and you have to be in the best possible shape. Moving in the right ways and the healthiest ways mean that you are supporting yourself and helping yourself stay present and able for your business.
Even better, specific movements and types of exercise can boost your ability to do well as an entrepreneur. Let’s explore the different ways in which you can move your body for entrepreneurship:
A Standing Desk
Standing desks or, walking desks, aren’t particularly new. However, they are always worth considering if you haven’t tried one yet.
A standing desk usually operates using an elevated desk with your computer or laptop on it, and then a treadmill where your seat would regularly be. Some standing desks simply don’t have seats. There are also versions of ‘movement desks’ which have a chair, but there is also a foot cycle for you to use where you place your feet.
All of these types of desks help you work against sedentary work habits which can destroy your posture, cause repetitive strain issues, back issues and a wide variety of health issues associated with being lack of movement. In the long term, these issues will not let you be the best entrepreneur possible.
By moving as you work, you are always burning calories, maintaining a reasonable heart rate, working your muscles and boosting blood flow. Working in this way is fantastic for you as an entrepreneur who may otherwise be tempted to slump on the sofa or in a coffee shop corner.
Yoga Before Work
If you take a peek on Instagram, yoga seems to be only for those who can tie their legs in knots, and get away with wearing Lycra doing a workout long before the sun comes up.
Remember, social media is only showcasing the highlight reels. Real yoga doesn’t have to be pretty to be effective. It also doesn’t have to be done on the beach, or in tight Lycra outfits. You don’t even have to be in good shape to start doing yoga.
I encourage entrepreneurs to commit ten minutes of yoga before you do anything else in the morning. Get a glass of lemon water, pop your mat down in your living room, and commit to the zen. There are zero-cost resources all over the internet, in particular, Yoga With Adrienne on YouTube, which is suitable for anybody and everybody.
Yoga is phenomenal for your body and your mind. For your body, it boosts blood flow, increases strength and flexibility, helps your cardiovascular system (if you do more intensive types) and helps prevent issues with posture and RSI. For your mind, you have ten minutes of peace and positivity, gifting yourself with gentle movements designed to help you focus on your breathing and nothing else.
These benefits are incredible for the busy entrepreneur who is open to stress, frustration, lack of sleep, a need to be always on the go. Yoga is a nutritious addition to a complete lifestyle of self-support.
Cardio To Pump Up Enthusiasm
Cardio is fantastic for your heart and brain, and Harvard Health recommends just 15 minutes of cardio a day for a healthy heart.
If you are stressed a stressed entrepreneur, cardio can be a great way to help you let off steam. It also helps regulate your sleep. Also, it is a mood booster, helping you pump up enthusiasm for a day ahead that might be a bit of a challenge.
Maybe you have a stressful meeting coming up; perhaps you are experiencing a period of slow business growth. Whatever your difficulty, push yourself to get your heart rate up, and you will reap the benefits with your health, and how you feel overall.
A Walk In Nature For Happiness
Forest bathing is not just a thing in Japan; the government recognises it as a healthful activity that improves your body and mind health. Being in nature has a whole host of benefits for entrepreneurs. You don’t have to in a forest, but in any setting away from buildings. A beach, a nature reserve, a lake, a field – any natural environment will do. A short walk without looking at your phone is ideal, although listening to a positive podcast can help some people feel more motivated.
Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place is a fantastic podcast to listen to on a nature walk.
Just make sure you aren’t walking around staring at your cellphone or taking work calls. Instead, allow yourself to indulge in a moment away from the hustle and bustle. Pay attention to the animals you see, flora and fauna. How do the leaves feel rustling beneath your feet? How does the temperature feel on your cheeks? Nature helps us be more mindful and more present in the moment.
This kind of activity is fantastic for entrepreneurs, giving the brain a break and the body a quick boost outdoors. Being in nature is especially recommended if you require some inspiration and creativity. Clearing your mind and being in a beautiful, open setting will help clean the cobwebs away, making room for those exciting business ideas to come through.
Movement For A Better Body
Before I explain this point, let’s me just be clear, everybody is perfect, and everybody deserves respect and love regardless of their shape or size.
However, should you wish to boost your overall appearance healthfully, then movement could be a great idea. A healthy, toned body in smart attire has the same effect on first impressions as a bright, healthy smile. The person meeting you will subconsciously know you are a hard worker, someone who has put a lot of time into self-improvement. A healthy body shows that you care about yourself, which means you care about your business and your clients — perfect traits for any entrepreneur.
It might sound superficial, but the fact is that first impressions will always count because that is how we are wired as humans. We check out a person to see if they are someone we want to reproduce with, someone who is a threat, someone who could be useful for our tribe because they are healthy.
Those things are automatic, even if our conscious mind is elsewhere and seemingly non-judgemental.
This type of judgement is especially evident in business when you might only meet someone for a short period; therefore, only having time to make a great first impression. Your words count for something, but studies published on media sites like Inc say we only have 27 seconds to make a first impression. Other studies have reported we have just 7 seconds.
Realistically, a healthy and happy appearance, smart clothes and a great smile are an excellent idea for any entrepreneur looking to make a good impression.
Sports For Healthy Competition & Self Improvement
The ego can be a real problem for entrepreneurs in business. Instead of tuning in to emotional intelligence, which is an asset in business, we can often lead with ego, which never really works all that well. You truly have to know yourself well and be honest about your weaknesses to grow and succeed.
However, that doesn’t mean a bit of healthy competition and adrenaline isn’t going to be helpful.
Sports are great for your cardiovascular system, for your lungs, your muscles, your bones, but they also offer you a fantastic outlet for your ego.
Here are some great sports for entrepreneurs to take part in:
As I mentioned above, being in nature is a great idea. If walking is not enough for you, why not try cycling through tight forest tracks to get your adrenaline pumping. Downhill trails with friends could be a great idea if you want to add an element of competition to the activity.
Surfing is solitary, but there is a lot of competition with yourself as you strive to improve your technique. If you don’t live near the coast, there are trips you can take from the most prominent cities to the beach that could have you surfing within hours of finishing work. As an entrepreneur, you have the benefit of potentially working near the coast if you choose to, in which case, surfing should become part of your self-care regime.
Tennis is a fantastic sport if you are competitive. Play against yourself in individual ball shooting units, or meet with a friend to hit out that frustration. If you really want to go for it, consider arranging a tennis work meeting with a potential client. I don’t recommend this if you are terrible at tennis as this won’t impress a potential customer!
Snowboarding or skiing is best experienced in the mountains, but if you are very busy building a business and don’t have time to get to a ski resort, there are plenty of indoor centres you can use. Once you have finally learned how to do it, it is a beautiful way to burn some calories and let off steam. There are lots of moves you can learn and lots of ways to compete in a completely immersive environment.
Running is free, it is excellent for your body, and you can compete with running easily. The best way to do this is by looking to improve your running time or distance on every trip. Once you are ready to compete against others, sign up for a social running club, a marathon or charity run which should help you then work towards more advanced goals within the sport.
Taking part in competitive sports or sports that measure achievement is an excellent idea for the health of your body. It also enables you to achieve in an area separate from your business, which will boost your confidence and self-esteem, feeding back into the success of your entrepreneurship overall.
Move Towards A Healthier Entrepreneurial Life
Hopefully, the tips above will help you feel inspired to move more to boost your entrepreneurial potential. Self-care is so essential when the ‘self’ is the business. With the right sport, morning exercise regime or lunch break stroll, you can feel better, look better and boost your health to future-proof the most crucial aspect of your business: you.