As a busy entrepreneur it’s very likely that you find yourself saying you don’t have time to go to the gym and since you are on the go, that it’s hard to find healthy foods. These two excuses have kept entrepreneurs and busy professionals from attaining the bodies of their dreams for many years. The following five tips can easily be applied to the life of any busy entrepreneur in order to maintain not only a healthy body, but also one that would be considered world-class.
Tip #1: You don’t need to work out for more than 25 minutes.
Many of us have been taught that the way to stay fit is to spend hours and hours in the gym. When I started working out in the 1990s my trainer put me on a two-hour workout routine. I didn’t have time to spend two hours at the gym then, and I certainly don’t have that time now that I’m running six different companies! If you get to the gym for no more than 25 minutes each day and never miss a day, you’ll soon find your body becoming stronger, healthier, and more vibrant than ever.
Tip #2: Forget cardio.
Most people seem to associate going to the gym with doing cardiovascular exercise. In reality, study after study has shown that cardiovascular exercise is not the way to lose weight, and it’s certainly not the way to add muscle and strength to your body. While getting on the treadmill makes you feel like you are making progress – because you start to sweat and your heart rate increases – in fact it’s the least effective thing you can do at the gym. Spend 25 minutes in the gym doing strength training, using a combination of machines and free weights, and your body will begin to transform before your eyes.
Tip #3: Don’t be afraid of skipping meals.
As a busy entrepreneur and as a professional on the go, you often find yourself in a place where you don’t have access to any food, or you don’t have access to healthy food. Somewhere along the line, someone has probably told you that it is terrible to skip meals and that you must have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Worse, someone has probably told you that you need to eat six small meals a day to stay healthy. The reality is that consuming six small meals a day is probably the healthiest thing to do, but it’s nearly impossible. Don’t beat yourself up if you skip breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you have two healthy meals a day, and possibly a healthy snack or two, your body will be just fine. In fact, skipping meals can actually help keep your energy levels much higher than if you are constantly forcing food into your body.
Tip #4: Stop counting your calories.
Not all calories are created equally. Therefore, counting your calories is a very ineffective way of assessing what kind of progress you’re making. Instead of focusing on calories, focus on the types of foods you consume. Cut out the Titanium Category One foods, including everything with processed carbohydrates and butter, like white bread, white rice, white pasta, soda, fruit juice and other things that convert to sugar or fat. Since each of these calories is the equivalent of two to three calories of other types of foods, by simply eliminating these you can stop wasting time with calorie counting.
Tip #5: Weigh yourself every day.
Every morning when you wake up, weigh yourself and make sure that you record your weight. Just like the key performance indicators in your company, this will become the KPI you track daily for your health. The reality is that the scale will not lie. If you start to go off track and put on a pound or two, the scale will be quick to remind you. On the other hand, if you’re eliminating Category One foods and making it to the gym for 25 minutes each day, you’ll soon see the weight come off. Look in the mirror and you will see your body transforming.
For a busy entrepreneur who is constantly on the go, one of the most valuable assets you can have is energy. As a woman entrepreneur you know that you are sometimes faced with more than your fair share of challenges. Having the energy to deal with those challenges every day is a great way to get an edge on your competition. Fitness and health can be your secret weapon in a competitive world!
The five tips detailed above will do more to increase your fitness, health and energy than any other thing you could do. Follow this simple guide and you can enjoy a healthier, sexier body that is more vibrant and full of more energy, so you can get out there and conquer the business world even more than you already do.
Arman Sadeghi is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and coach dedicated to sharing the tools that allow individuals to attain high level success on a consistent basis while enjoying daily fulfillment and happiness. He has spent 22 years crafting his Titanium Success Method, which has helped thousands of people reach peak performance. He attended two years at Harvard Medical School, and has a degree in Neuroscience and Molecular & Cell Biology from University of California Berkeley. Sadeghi has established and grown 12 companies in various industries and currently plays an active role in five; one of which, All Green Electronics Recycling, has more than 120 employees and was recently ranked as the 366th fastest growing company in the United States by Inc. Magazine.