We all know that getting daily exercise promotes a healthier lifestyle. What people usually overlook is what exercise can do to your mind. When you get out and move your body produces endorphins. When released, these endorphins can do wonders for your body and mind. In my opinion, way more effective than a cup of coffee.
In addition to those endorphins here are a few other reasons why every entrepreneur should exercise daily.
You’ll Have More Energy
The misconception is that after a long workout your body and mind will be tired therefore you’ll have less energy. If you run a marathon then yes you’ll be out of commission for the rest of the day. However, after an hour long workout this is far from the case. As long as you don’t overdo your workout you’ll actually have increased energy levels when you’re finished.
Studies show even light exercise like a 20 minute walk can reduce fatigue by up to 65 percent. That said every bit counts and it can have a huge impact on your energy levels throughout the day.
You’ll Become More Disciplined
If you’re able to commit and stick to a workout routine you will develop into a more disciplined person all round. Very few entrepreneurs are able to stick with a workout routine for longer than a few weeks. As work picks up and things get busier it’s easy to cut your workout out of your day because it’s a low priority.
If you prioritize and make time for your workout it shows discipline. You’ll get better at time management and organizing your schedule around getting consistent exercise. These skills will help you balance your work life with your social and person life as well.
You’ll Be Happier
Now let’s get back to the endorphins for a bit. As we discussed earlier in this article, these chemicals (the good ones) promote feelings of well-being and reward when produced. This will have a profound effect on your overall happiness throughout the rest of the workday.
If you don’t believe me try and go on a run or hit the weights for a while next time you’re feeling upset or down. You can channel that negative energy into getting a better workout and I can guarantee you’ll finish feeling on top of the world!
You’ll Have More Networking Opportunities
One way to get the most out of your daily workouts is to exercise with a group. If you exercise with others it gives you a great networking opportunity outside of your regular work life. It gives you the opportunity to connect with others on a daily basis which in turn builds strong lasting relationships.
One idea is to join a recreational or competitive sports team. Some leagues are even offered specifically for startups or companies in the area. This way you’re guaranteed a great workout along with meeting tons of new people.
You’ll Get a Better Night’s Sleep
Last but not least getting daily exercise is an integral factor in ensuring a proper night’s rest. This is especially true if you choose to workout first thing in the morning.
Studies show that those who exercise at 7:00 a.m. in the morning spend about 70% more time in the deepest stages of sleep. If you create a routine out of this your body will be awake and ready when the alarm rings and ready to shut off when you hit the pillow at night.
As an entrepreneur you need to be in tip top shape. Not just your body either, this includes your mind and spirit. Exercise is an integral part of keeping all three of those in shape. That said, it’s time to get out and get active!
Renzo Costarella is an entrepreneur, avid learner, and startup enthusiast currently living in Silicon Valley. He consults for several startups in the Bay Area and is pursuing a few ideas of his own.