While being physically fit isn’t usually found in anyone’s business plan or the goals and strategies mapped out for the business, it does play a pivotal role.
Is maintaining health and fitness and success in your business linked in any way? How can focusing on your fitness help you with your business? SavvySME tells us why good health and physical fitness are just as important for business success as anything else in life.
You are nothing without your health
It may sound like a grandiose statement, but it is true. Health (including maintaining physical fitness for ongoing good health) affects everything in life. If you’re in poor health, it’s going to make it very difficult to focus on your business and its ongoing success.
The same applies to anything you want to do in life. If you’re physically fit, maintain a healthy weight and remain free from illness or physical injury as much as possible, the easier it is to simply do the things in life you want or need to do.
Besides general overall health and fitness helping your business, let’s now look at some specific advantages being physically active can give you.
Physical activity improves your focus and concentration
Every time you get physically active, the brain produces feel-good endorphins. Not only do these hormones put you in a better mood, but their effects can last for hours and help improve your ability to focus and concentrate on any business tasks you have to attend. Improved concentration combined with a more positive mindset can only spell positive results for your business activities.
Every business requires you to expend energy throughout the day, even if you’re working in an office. The more your energy levels are boosted, the more motivated you will feel and the more you can accomplish each day.
Having a feeling of more energy, spark and get up and go will no doubt transform you into a go-getter. Couple this with a positive mindset from regular exercise and you’ll feel like there is no limit to what you can achieve. More energy means you’ll improve the time frames required to finish tasks and achieve business objectives and goals.
Improving coordination improves your organisation
No matter what you do for exercise regularly, it will no doubt also improve your coordination. When your physical body feels coordinated and working in sync, this asset can also pass through to the brain.
As your physical coordination improves, you’ll likely also see an improvement in your organisational skills in general.
Better decision-making skills
With a clearer head from regular physical activity, you’ll make better and more decisive business decisions. Rather than feeling lethargic and wanting to focus on anything other than the task at hand, your added energy combined with a sharper mind will have you champing at the bit to tackle problems and find effective solutions.
Business success and longevity largely depend on the quality of the decisions you, as a business owner, make, so the fitter and healthier you are and the more active a lifestyle you lead, you’ll be far better equipped to make the right decisions most of the time.
Being fit and healthy leads to less downtime
Business owners want staff who are reliable and show up for work each day. Well, it’s just as important for the boss to do the same. For starters, you want to lead by example and hope your employees follow your lead. That includes demonstrating why remaining fit and healthy is an important aspect of everyday life.
The more in shape you are, and if you maintain a well-balanced and healthy diet, you’ll have far less chance of having bad days or where you fall ill and can’t make it to work. If you’re the one steering the ship, you need to be on top of your game and in top shape to ensure you reach your business objectives and don’t find the business floundering on the rocks.
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