Fitness is a big part of our lives here at IDR, but so is our work. Finding a balance isn’t always easy for the everyday business entrepreneur. Here are 10 health and fitness tips that could help you stay on track when the going gets tough:
1. When traveling, pick a hotel that has a gym to maintain your exercise regimen.
Also pack resistance bands. They’re cheap, easy to pack, and, used with your own body weight, can give you a full workout in even the tiniest of hotel rooms.
2. Consider a healthy meal-delivery program.
This takes all the thinking and guesswork out of weight loss and management.
Can’t stress this enough: find a way to get more sleep! Not only will it help you slim down, but sleep with enhance your overall health exponentially. Seven to eight hours a night is ideal, you’ll not only feel better but you’ll perform better at work as well.
4. Create time in your busy schedule to maintain a healthy body and a sharp mind.
Try blocking out a minimum of four-30 to 60 minute exercise sessions a week. For instance, one session on the weekend, one during your lunch break, one in the morning before work, and one in the early evening after work.
No, it’s not ideal, but taking a call while on the StairMaster or answering emails while pedaling on the bike can be a necessary evil for busy people.
6. Find motivation.
Your desire for physical strength, fitness and health should be just as ambitious as your career goals. Try writing your fitness goals down and posting them in your home and office, so if you ever feel like skipping a workout you can remind yourself why you started in the first place.
7. Find creative ways to get more activity while you’re working.
Standing burns twice as many calories as sitting, so try wearing a headset and pacing if you’re on a conference call. Granted, this is no substitute for a regular exercise regimen, but it’s better than nothing.
8. Pick healthy restaurants for you business lunch and dinners.
Meals out can be a tremendous threat to your weight-loss or weight-management regimen. A restaurant with healthy, low-calorie options can make a big difference. Also, schedule business dinners earlier in the day to avoid high-calorie meals right before bedtime. Intending to have a drink? Go for one without high-calorie mixers like vodka with soda water, a glass of wine, or a martini.
9. Never compromise on your regular check-ups.
10. Recognize that knowledge is power.
Educate yourself on calorie counting and label reading so you can make informed choices. Also, download one of the many calorie counting apps available that you can install on your phone and use it.