Fitness and Success: Part One

The older I become, the more I realize the importance of being physically fit and the more I’m intrigued by it’s correlation with success. As I continue my journey towards ‘having it all’ I slowly become aware of what I can and can’t do due to lack of physical fitness. A few years ago, I was determined to get physically fit and with the dedication of getting up in the mornings, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water I’ve gained so much energy and motivation to work towards greater success with my business.

My ambition is fueled by the fact that I feel so good I could move a mountain. Do I still have a day now and then where I have less energy? Of course, I’m human. But in order for me to run two successful businesses, raise three children, maintain a marriage and a busy lifestyle – exercise and a healthy diet are a MUST! Can I do more in terms of fitness?  I can and that has been my goal for this year. I try to sneak in a few more squats while brushing my teeth, do a few more pushups and crunches in the evening during commercial breaks, and get up and move from my desk every so often. That one can be difficult because I love my job and I don’t get up from my desk as often as I should. I really need to get a fitness ball to sit on.

Fitness has become a huge industry and everyone should be jumping on the bandwagon as we all benefit from our own physical fitness as well as from each other’s. When my virtual assistants are physically fit they work better, which in turns helps my business. You see the point.

So how can being fit help you become more successful?

Mental Benefit

Exercise increases blood flow, thereby delivering more oxygen to the brain and improving cognitive ability.

By starting out the day with a brisk run or a stop at the gym, you can show up for work with a sharp mind, ready to start the day. Workout time also gives professionals time to think through their projects, possibly coming up with a great idea that will make the next campaign a hit.

General Mindset

Maintaining fitness goals and working toward achieving career dreams are similar concepts. So many people start the year with great intentions of being physically fit but their desire and motivation fizzle by March. There are also many entrepreneurs out there with great intentions who could have successful businesses if they keep the momentum going but often give up when the going gets tough.

However, I’m sure you know plenty of entrepreneurs and successful business professionals who aren’t the most physically fit people in the world. Long hours and stress can lead to skipping the gym and dining on junk food. The difference is that if these entrepreneurs had a motive to set work aside each day to go to the gym and eat healthy, they’d likely attack their health goals with the same vigor that they use in their day-to-day business dealings.

Less Illness

Physically fit people tend to miss less days due to sickness and are present in their jobs to get stuff done! Physical fitness builds immunity and reduces many major health risks, which means less absenteeism. I’ve read that physically fit people also make more money and stay in the workforce longer than their less active counterparts.

Chronic absenteeism due to illness can severely hamper a person’s earnings over the course of a lifetime. Not only will a person’s pay be docked once his sick time allowance is spent, bosses often look unfavorably upon those who are frequently out of work. Management needs to know it can rely on an employee and those who prove that reliability are usually first in line for promotions and raises.

For anyone who needs additional motivation to continue going to the gym and eating healthier, the long-term financial benefits may help. If a professional puts the same dedication into meeting his health goals as he does his business goals, he’ll benefit by being more productive and having greater cognitive function, which will also help him perform better at work.

So start your fitness goals today! Get up and move a bit, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park away from a building so you have to walk farther and do some form of exercise while you’re watching the tube. Every little bit counts!

Danae Branson owns Elite Scheduling Services, LLC and is the Co-Founder of Elite Virtual Assistants. If you are interested in any of the services please check out www.eliteschedulingservices.com or give us a call at 515.309.2838.

A portion of this post was originally posted by Stephanie Farris on January 2015.

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