As professionals, we operate on strict schedules. For me, having a daily routine and a schedule that I can fall back on has been even more important since the start of the pandemic. In fact, research shows that doing the same repetitive actions every day is not only beneficial for your physical health, but that those actions can also improve your mental health by reducing overall stress levels.
While our schedules and routines all vary, we likely have some similarities: showering, brushing teeth, having breakfast, or drinking coffee. But, how important is it to make exercise part of our daily routine?
Whether in the morning or in the evening, for 20 minutes or 60 minutes, incorporating some form of intentional movement into your daily routine has monumental benefits as a business owner. Exercise has always been a part of my routine, but it wasn’t until I integrated it more consciously that things started to kick in in a different way. As a business owner, I thrive on routine and my mind and body are no different when it comes to getting a solid foundation with my exercise routine.
Below are three reasons why professionals – and especially business owners – should incorporate some type of fitness into their daily routine.
Make you a better leader.
We all know there are many health benefits of exercising, but incorporating exercise into your daily routine can make you a more effective leader in the workplace. According to the Center for Creative Leadership, leaders who exercise regularly were rated significantly higher by their bosses, peers, and direct reports on their leadership effectiveness than those who did not exercise regularly. Investing time away from the office to sweat it out correlates with higher ratings of leadership effectiveness.
Don’t have time for a full 60 minute workout? Shorter and multiple intensive workouts can be just as effective as longer, less intensive workouts. Prioritizing a healthy lifestyle and incorporating an exercise routine helps business owners better manage stress and the demands of their daily lives.
Unfortunately, stress is all too common for professionals. Stress can cause difficulty concentrating, thinking clearly, and making important business decisions. According to a recent study, 80% of people feel stress because of their work, and almost half say they need help learning to deal with this stress.
Exercise on its own can reduce stress levels because it increases your endorphins, reduces the negative effects of stress, and acts like moving meditation. With so many benefits for relieving stress, it’s important for business owners to incorporate some form of exercise into their daily routine.
Gives you more energy.
As a mom of two, I’m always on the lookout for ways to increase my overall energy. While the best time to exercise is the one that’s right for you, incorporating it into your morning routine has shown lasting benefits in overall energy levels for the day ahead. Working out in the morning allows you to reap the mental benefits of exercising throughout the day and jumpstart your metabolism for the day. And while some may think that working out in the morning depletes your energy, it actually does the opposite; Regular exercise increases circulation, strengthens your heart, and releases endorphins, allowing you to increase your endurance, even on the busiest days. Studies show that even 20 minutes of low-impact exercise, such as walking, can increase energy levels by 20% and reduce fatigue by 65%. Imagine the lasting impact it could have if you did this every day.
Adding an extra step to your daily routine can seem daunting, but the benefits outweigh all the rest. Training not only makes you a more effective leader, it also helps relieve stress and increase overall energy. As business owners, we may be tempted to dive into our work and put our routine aside, but staying dedicated to your physical commitments will strengthen your mental state, minimize and relieve stress, and support your business leadership. There are workout routines for every type of lifestyle; the most important thing is to find a lasting routine for you.
Leslie Lupton, Owner of Physique 57 Indianapolis Leslie has over 20 years of experience providing advice to media companies such as Spotify, Viacom, WebMD and more as a digital ad revenue operations consultant. When Leslie’s family moved from New York to Carmel, Indiana in 2019, she used her business background and passion for wellness to open Physique 57’s first franchise in the Midwest to help the Indianapolis community make wellness a priority.