5 Ways To Squeeze Exercise Into Your Day While Running a Coaching Business
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Time, and not money, is usually the most precious resource in a new business. Many new coaches also hold down full- or part-time jobs, which strains this resource even further. With all the demands of a new coaching business, your existing job and your family, exercise often gets lost in the shuffle. However, despite your hectic schedule, it’s important to invest time in yourself, as these investments usually have the greatest ROI.
But talk is cheap. So, here are a few easy and practical ways you can work exercise into your busy day. Your bounce and energy will attract more clients to your coaching business. Once people see what you have to offer, they will pay you to learn what makes you different.
Leave something undone
Most people like to leave the office with a sense of closure and accomplishment. But sometimes, leaving a task half-finished gives you more energy and focus the next morning. Instead of staring at a computer screen figuring out what to do, your agenda is already set. The extra energy often carries over into other areas of your day.
In the alternative, never leave without making a to-do list for the next day. Such lists give you the best of both worlds: closure for today and a plan for tomorrow.
Add a few extra minutes
Sleep is very important to fitness and health. So, it’s important not to shave off too much of your much-needed rest time. However, fifteen minutes or a half-hour is probably not a big deal.
Use this time to do a few simple yoga poses, take an early morning walk and stretch. That jumpstart gets you well on your way to the recommended amount of semi-vigorous exercise. There are mental benefits as well. The activity releases calming endorphins that help you focus on the day ahead.
Make exercise easy
Did you notice how you’ve gotten to the third tip before and we’re just talking about exercise? That’s because exercise is not just a segment of your life. Instead, you should incorporate physical activity into your life.
Resistance bands are a very good way to make exercise easy. Instead of taking a trip to the gym, just pull them out of your desk drawer whenever you have a break. Do a few reps of increasing resistance, give your muscles the workout they need and feel refreshed afterward. Repeat as often as you can.
Move around more
In much the same way, just a few basic changes make a very big difference in the way you look, feel, and act.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator
Park far away from the door
Get up and talk to people instead of sending emails
These adjustments are very small and usually mean almost nothing by themselves. But over the course of a day, they add up to 20 or 30 minutes of activity. That makes a significant difference to you and to your new clients.
Join a dues-paying gym or fitness class
Money may not be the most precious resource for a startup life coach, but it is a very good motivator. It’s fairly easy to move free classes to the bottom of the priority ladder. But many people find that if they have some “skin in the game,” they are much more motivated to participate in the activity.
Small changes like these take time. You will not wake up one morning, look at yourself in the mirror and have a body that belongs on the cover of a fitness magazine. But these small, sustainable steps make a big difference over time. You, your family, and your new clients will reap the dividends.
About Joe Fleming
Joe Fleming is the President at ViveHealth.com. Interested in all things related to living a healthy lifestyle, he enjoys sharing and expressing his passion through writing. Working to motivate others and defeat aging stereotypes, Joe uses his writing to help all people overcome the obstacles of life.
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