When I was living in the corporate jungle I daydreamed about breaking out and doing something completely different. Creating a career that meant more than just a paycheck and a lifestyle that was measured in more than just the number of vacations I could squeeze in. I wanted to build a business that would help other people feel better about themselves and show them how to be proactive about their own health. And best of all, do it on my terms and in my own timeframe.
I didn’t know if I would get ever the opportunity to pursue my ambition until the company I worked for closed a few years ago. Suddenly the possibility to recreate myself and my lifestyle was handed to me on a platter. No time like the present, I thought, so I was off and running.
A lot of people dream about owning their own business. Even more dream about working from home and losing the daily grind of the commute and the hassle of office politics. All of that is true when you work from home. It gives you plenty of freedom and opportunity. But there is a downside that most people who have been through the process don’t always mention.
When you work from home, the lines tend to blur. This is especially true if you are a parent or responsible for running the home. It becomes more like having two full-time jobs–not only keeping your business on track, but the family and the home on track as well. The concept of an eight-hour work day disappears and you find yourself working at all hours of the day and night. And you love it, but it can be more tiring than hunting in the corporate jungle. While this is true of anyone with a family and a job, it becomes more acute when there is no physical separation between work and home.
Many of my clients own their own business, and ironically some are in the fitness industry. They started their own ventures for more freedom and flexibility but find they actually have less time to enjoy their family or their health since work consumes nights and weekends and not just the traditional eight or ten hours. This holds true not only with business owners but other professionals as well. When someone is passionate about what they do, it is very easy to let the career become the priority. Self-care falls lower and lower on the priority list until it is something that can be fit in only once in a while or not at all.
One of the common complaints I hear is that there is simply no time to exercise. We all know exercise is important. It builds energy, improves mental clarity, and reduces the effects of stress on the body. Yet so many of us just can’t find the time to squeeze it into our schedules. One thing I always share with my clients is that by finding the time exercise regularly, you will find you have extra time and energy to focus on other priorities as well.
In order to keep the body functioning, you should move for at least thirty minutes a day. It doesn’t sound like much but can be almost impossible to do. Here is the good news: it can be broken up into segments. Studies show that thirty minutes of exercise or movement broken into smaller bits throughout the day is just as effective as one continuous workout.
Some of my clients workout on a regular basis, but would like workout longer and lose some weight. Again, finding the extra time seems to be the sticking point. Just adding fifteen minutes to a thirty minute cardio session can make a big difference, but seems just too daunting to attempt when the kids need to picked up from school or an article needs to be submitted.
Here is one way to expand the exercise quotient. Increase your workout by 10% each week until you reach the desired length. If you add three minutes a week to a thirty minute workout, you will reach your goal of forty-five minutes a day in just five weeks. Adding just three minutes each week is much more achievable, and helps fit the extra activity into your calendar more easily.
Owning your own business or having a career that mirrors your passions is a wonderful thing. It provides fulfillment and personal satisfaction, but that should not come at the expense of your own health. In fact, your own well-being is one of the best business-building tools you can use. When you have the extra energy and mental clarity that comes with regular exercise, you have the upper hand to meet challenges and push your business forward.
Are you ready to design a blueprint for a fuller, healthier lifestyle? It is easier and more fun than you think. Contact me for a free thirty minute consultation to learn how you can be healthier, happier, and more productive in just three months.