The More You Sweat, The Less You "Sweat"
Get The NEWSS, And Make It Your Business To Exercise
You've heard that wonderful expression, "Don't sweat the small stuff... and it's all small stuff!" In fact, I'm pretty sure some writer has made a boatload of money with little books bearing similarly-worded titles. But the fact is, if you own a business - or if your leadership mission is a challenging, "entrepreneurial" one - you have to sweat the small stuff. It often seems as though your business and mission depend on it.
When you live the thrill-ride that is entrepreneurship, the enemies to your health and vitality are many. You suffer anxiety - about a million things, every day. Your blood pressure climbs, and so does your weight. You feel like you're getting older faster than the clock's actually running. Even if you don't travel, you feel like you're wandering around in a jet-lagged stupor (and if you do travel, you really are). You're making crucial decisions in this state! And if things get really bad, a heart attack might be waiting right around the corner.
Even though you think it's the last thing you should (or want to) make time to do, you need to hit the gym. Working up a sweat during exercise is the best way to counterract the stress of the things you have to sweat every day.
A few years ago, the government issued the "Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health." The report had some interesting things to say about exercise. According to the report, working out helps reduce your anxiety level, and helps slow your journey toward hypertension (high blood pressure). Exercise also protects you against the sort of "creeping obesity" that happens as you age.
The report went on to say that working out helps with jet lag - a fact I know to be true from LOTS of personal experience. And when you exercise regularly, not only does it help make you less vulnerable to various forms of abnormal heartbeats, it actually improves your chance of surviving a heart attack.
You don't need a Surgeon General's report to figure out that the survival of your mission depends upon the survival of, well, you.
Exercise is a crucial component of the five key daily health habits I call "The NEWSS:" Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sleep, and Supplements. It's not that hard to significantly improve your personal vitality with renewed focus on those five things. Cut the garbage out of your diet, and focus on real (whole) food. Work out hard at least three times a week (six is better). Get two liters of water every day, and eight hours of sleep every night. And take at least one good multi-nutrient supplement to give your body what it can't get from the convenience diet so prevalent today.
If you're a stress mess, start by just making a little improvement on all five of these practices. Just thinking about them helps... and the five do work in concert to make you slowly "level up" such that you can improve your ability (and motivation) to keep your health in focus.
Hey, business is hard enough, especially these days. Don't let poor health and low vitality make it even harder... or impossible.