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A Healthy Entrepreneur is a Happy Entrepreneur

| July 14, 2013 | 7 Comments

Healthy EntrepreneurAs a young, up-and-coming business tycoon, you might find yourself travelling on the road a lot, meeting potential clients, tending to customers, or maybe you work from a home office and spend most of your days hidden behind a computer desk.

Whichever of these sounds most like you, it can be pretty difficult forming a solid routine when your schedule is either constantly in flux or you’re pinned to your laptop all day.

You may be well on the way to becoming the next big thing in the world of business but that doesn’t mean you should be neglecting your health, so here are a few simple tips to help keep your body in tip top condition.

Eat Well

A healthy, well-rounded diet should contain:

  • Lean animal proteins
  • Leafy greens and fibrous vegetables
  • Fresh fruits
  • Healthy fats

Before buying any food products, take a look at the ingredients and if the half of the list is unpronounceable, you can bet it probably isn’t going to do your body much good.

Drink More Water

When you’re knee-deep in work it’s all too easy to forget to stay hydrated, but when you consider the vast majority of processes in the body require water to function properly, it should go without saying that you ought to be taking in plenty of fluids.

  • Water helps transport oxygen around your body, helping you to stay more alert
  • Water keeps your skin hydrated, reducing wrinkles and dry patches
  • Your kidneys use water to flush toxins from the body

The recommended intake of water varies from person to person, although a good general guideline is to gauge your hydration level based on the color of your urine. When you pass water, it should be clear or a light straw color. Generally speaking, darker urine means you are more dehydrated.

Get Plenty of Sleep

You absolutely need to allow your mind and body the rest they need.

Quality sleep has been linked to:

  • Improved memory
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Protection against cancer
  • Weight loss
  • Improved mood

Improving your sleep habits can be incredibly difficult, especially if you’ve been working flat out all day and go to bed with a buzzing head full of ideas and deadlines.

Establishing a night time routine will train your mind and body to relax when it is time for bed, and you will find it much easier to drift off to sleep. So grab a novel and get to bed!

Exercise Frequently

This one is especially important if you’re cooped up in an office or car for most of the day, hunched over a laptop or computer.

Benefits of regular exercise include:

  • Improved mood and concentration levels;
  • Protection against cancer;
  • Protection against heart disease;
  • Better sleep; and
  • Improved libido and sex life

You don’t need to jump right into some intense training program if you’re not currently exercising; just begin by taking proactive steps to be more, well, active. Even something as simple as walking to the nearby store instead of driving can make a big difference to your wellbeing in the long-term.

Sources

Oliver Harding has written numerous articles on behalf of http://www.thebestdiscountcodes.com. Oliver provides useful insights for entrepreneurs, home owners and consumers. The Best Discount Codes contain the best voucher codes on the web, saving you money on the things you love the most.

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  • Mike Darche

    Oliver- nice points! These are all really important aspects of life that we can often neglect. You might be a master of your work, but if you aren’t keeping your body healthy, you’ll eventually run out of gas.

    I think eating well and drinking enough water are two practices that many people underestimate. It can be tough to stay on top of your nutrition and fluid intake every single day, but this is an important habit to develop. I like to take vitamins each morning so I know that I’m getting the nutrients my body needs just in case my diet changes.

  • cesar romero

    Oliver, thank you for such great article. @mikedarche:disqus you are absolutely on point. I’m guilty myself of not taking care of myself because I’m too busy and want to get things done, but I’m constantly reminding myself that in order to achieve my goals, I must be healthy.

    I’m implementing the Tim Ferriss four hour body where he advises to get 20 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up and it’s giving me great results. So far, I’ve lost about 10 pounds and I feel more energized.

    I also run 3 times a week and it feels amazing after the run.

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  • Melissa Krivachek

    Oliver,

    Fantastic and well composed article! I always tell people you can’t give what you don’t have so it isn’t selfish to take care of yourself and spend time doing the things that you love so that you are happy, healthy, and essentially wealthier.

    @mikedarche:disqus’s point about neglecting ourselves often leads to many healthy problems people could avoid by mastering themselves instead of their work and surroundings. The one thing that really stands out is that you are influenced by the people in your inner circle. For example I used and still do on occasion love drinking pepsi that was my go to drink after spending time with people who wake up, go to bed, and drink nothing but water while working out 2 hours a day I’ve come to realize habits change, mindset changes, and more abundance flows because of the clarity one feels.

    Thanks for sharing the post. Looking forward to more :)

  • http://www.seedsofmusic.net Kyle Williams

    I came for advice on water intake for entrepreneurs and got even more! Thanks for a great article. Going to start a 30-day challenge for staying hydrated and I’m sure I’ll notice results.

  • http://www.sleepwellblog.com/ tracy

    Awesome article!! Definitely staying hydrated will be getting more positive results..

  • http://www.worldclasslasik.com/lasik/choosing-best-new-york-lasik-surgeon Best Lasik Surgeon

    My attention deficiency might be because I’m constantly dehydratied! Good to know