My co-founder Joshua and I have ridden the entrepreneur’s health roller coaster. For instance, when Joshua first reached a high point in his career, it was common for him to eat dinner at upscale restaurants. He’d gorge on something fatty and delicious such as pork belly and throw back a couple of high-sugared cocktails. Joshua justified it to himself by asking, “After all that energy I devoted to work, I deserved it right?”
One day Joshua looked in the mirror and realized he’d gained a few extra pounds. He was tipping the scales at 240. This was like wearing a 320-pound “fireman’s weight vest” 24/7. I reached 18 pounds over my ideal weight at my heaviest.
During this roller-coaster ride, he and I have learned the foolproof way to sustain the energy necessary to run a successful company is simple: nourish your body, mind and spirit. It’s simple to comprehend but not easy to live it every day.
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When people say they want to get healthy, they usually mean, “Mirror, mirror on the wall …” They want their reflections to look thinner with more muscle tone. They want more energy that lasts morning to evening.
The body is just one facet of your health trio though. These three simple tips help melt your extra fat and stress and steer you on the path towards greater health. Plus, you can do them in less time than it takes to send out a company-wide email.
1. The 10-10-10 rule: three simple body weight exercises each hour.
For entrepreneurs, there’s not so much “down time” as there is “sit-down time.” To keep your blood pumping and oxygen flowing, I recommend you apply the 10-10-10 rule.
On each hour of your workday, do 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups and 10 squats (or 10 jumping jacks). This fuels your energy, raises your blood flow and opens your mind for the faster flow of creative ideas.
2. Your brain triple-threat workout: read, listen and journal.
The perfect workout doesn’t just exist inside the gym. Your perfect workout also means increasing your brain power. Every morning, I read or listen to an audiobook for 10 minutes. Joshua reads for 10 minutes and meditates for 20 minutes. Then he journals for 10 minutes, downloading the ideas that came during his meditation.
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Experiment with this to get your channels of inspiration flowing so you create better solutions and become an ever-improving business owner.
3. Your Pinterest meal plan.
Meal planning is a known trick to eating more nutritious food consistently. But most people feel they don’t have the time or just neglect to do it. That’s why Pinterest is handy. It’s on your phone. It provides visuals.
You can search for specific diets or recipes you want to use. Pinterest helps you be strategic about your grocery list so you don’t just pig out and buy everything that looks tasty.
The fastest way to melt a few fat pounds and regain energy is to replace sugars, grains and alcohol.
If you implement these three simple steps you’re guaranteed to see a sleeker you in the mirror and feel more energy all during your day. Summon the willpower to alter your routine for just 18 days, the shortest time to form a new habit, according to research done at the University College of London.
Test these three steps out for those 18 days and see how you feel. I’d love to hear about your results in the mirror and in your business’s growth.
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