As an Entrepreneur are you exercising enough and getting the benefits of the chemicals released during exercise?
But even in those days, I had times when I felt really lethargic and even a little depressed.
I had always been pretty active and all of that stopped when I started to work for myself. It was the old cliché of “I don’t have time to exercise”. Well, I am going to recommend to you very strongly that you do find time to exercise regularly as it has some incredible benefits.
For years now I have been exercising regularly every week. It wasn’t easy to fit this in at first but I made it happen because of how great I felt afterwards. I was looking a lot better too which is always a great bonus.
So, in this post I am going to explain why successful people do exercise and talk about the chemicals released during exercise and their benefits. You may not know this but exercise is great for your brain as well as the rest of your body.
I sincerely hope that after you have read this you will be making plans to include exercise into your busy schedule.
Why is Exercise Important for Success?
Most people are aware that exercise is good for their heart and body but few know that it provides benefits to your brain as well. When you participate in exercise a number of essential hormones release in your body and these keep your brain healthy.
There have been numerous studies about how exercise affects the brain and they have measured the effect on mood, memory and a whole host of other things.
All of them concluded that regular exercise has a positive effect on the brain.
As an entrepreneur, you will appreciate the benefit of increased brain power. You need to be mentally tough when you are in business for yourself and have a high degree of self-discipline.
It can be a real challenge to stick to the tasks necessary to achieve your business goals.
The development of the right habits is vital, and participating in regular exercise means that you will create an empowering habit. This will help you to develop additional empowering habits that will provide you with the maximum chance of success.
Regular exercise will increase both your mental and physical energy levels. When your energy levels are optimized, you can keep going for longer and overcome any obstacles that present themselves.
You will give your energy levels a real boost by exercising regularly.
The increased mental energy that you will derive from regular exercise will result in you being able to maintain a high degree of focus with your business tasks.
A lack of exercise will have the opposite effect, and you will find that you are easily distracted from your tasks.
You know that regular exercise is good for your health so you cannot let your business get in the way of this. There is no point in making a lot of money in your business if the condition of your health is such that you cannot enjoy it.
Does exercise make you successful? Yes and no. You now understand that increased mental and physical power due to regular exercise will help you to keep going for longer.
It will also provide you with the energy that you need to get ahead every day. But regular exercise alone will not make you successful.
What are 5 Benefits of Exercise For Entrepreneurs?
There are many benefits to be derived from regular exercise. Here are the 5 main benefits that exercise will bring for you:
1. It will lower your Stress
When you are an entrepreneur, stress is never far away. There are always challenges and more things to do than you have time for each day. Entrepreneurs often struggle with getting the balance right between their business and home life and this can result in very high levels of stress.
Regular exercise will make your body release endorphins. These are hormones that will make you feel good and will also help to lower any feelings of pain. I will explain in more detail the chemicals that are released during exercise later in this post.
When these chemicals are released in your body, they help to reduce stress.
2. Sleep Better when you Exercise
It is not uncommon for an entrepreneur to work long hours. Often, this includes working late into the night and these unpredictable hours make it difficult to establish a stable routine.
A lot of entrepreneurs do not get enough sleep and as a result they feel very sluggish the next day.
Any kind of exercise will make you feel a little tired and should help you to sleep better. Practicing some basic yoga moves before you retire at night can also help you to sleep better.
If you do experience a night with very little sleep, exercising the following day is a good idea as it will burn off any excess energy that your body accumulated.
3. Exercise Increases your Energy Levels
If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur then you need all of the energy that you can get. Without the right levels of energy, you will not be able to put in the long hours necessary to ensure that your business is a success.
As I have already mentioned, regular exercise will help to increase your mental and physical energy levels. You need both mental and physical stamina to make it in the business world and exercise will help to develop both of these for you.
4. Improve your Self-Discipline with Exercise
If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur then you need to have a high level of self-discipline. You need to be a self-starter because there is no boss to guide you and watch over you.
By committing to a regular workout, you will need to have good self-discipline to keep going.
There is no doubt that you will face some tough challenges as an entrepreneur. Having the self-discipline to participate in a regular exercise routine will also help you to be more disciplined in other areas.
5. Exercise will provide you with “Alone Time”
To be a successful entrepreneur you will need to develop good relationships with many different people. Dealing with these people is necessary, but it doesn’t give you that “me time” that we all need.
Your mind will be churning over many different things at once and taking a break from this is necessary to recharge your batteries.
Exercise is a great way to grab that essential “alone time”. You will be focused on your exercise routine and this will free your mind from the stresses and strains of being an entrepreneur.
When you have a free and clear mind you will often find that new ideas and solutions to problems just pop into your head.
Now that you know how exercising will help you as an entrepreneur, let’s take a look at the important chemicals released during exercise and their benefits:
The Chemicals Released During Exercise
People that suffer from depression often have a shortfall of serotonin. During your exercise routine your body will increase serotonin production levels and this is awesome for your brain and your mind.
Having low serotonin levels leads to a viscous circle of events. You feel lethargic and lacking in energy so the last thing you are thinking about is going down to the gym and getting a good workout.
The only way to break through this cycle of lethargy is to force your way through it and get started.
There are probably millions of people out there taking anti-depressant drugs to boost their serotonin levels. All these people need to do is to get off the couch and start a regular exercise routine.
A good workout will naturally boost your serotonin levels. Aerobic exercises are best for raising your serotonin levels.
If you want to be a high achiever then dopamine is your best friend. It is the chemical that will motivate you to achieve everything and overcome those obstacles which frequently stand in your way.
It is very common to not have enough dopamine to stimulate your brain and to get you into action mode. Exercise is a great way to build your levels of dopamine and change your mood from low energy to high energy.
Low dopamine levels are common with people suffering from depression. Make sure you get as much dopamine as you can.
If your workout is fairly intense then you will increase the production of Norepinephrine in your body. Your brain and your adrenal glands will assist in the higher levels of production. Norepinephrine is a chemical that is good for your brain and it is also a hormone.
With increased levels of norepinephrine you will be more focused and alert.
It will also help to boost your memory and your ability to retrieve things from your memory a lot more easily. This is a super natural chemical that is generated from a good workout and will help you when you need to give presentations etc.
So, make sure that you exercise hard before these kinds of events.
There has been a ton of research on how exercise, and norepinephrine in particular, improves your attention, concentration and focus. After a good workout you will find that it’s a lot easier to avoid distractions and get those important things done.
Imagine how focused you would be if you performed short exercise sessions throughout the day?
These days it is very easy to get distracted and lose your focus. If you suffer from this then exercise really can be your best friend. There have been studies showing that just 20 minutes of exercise can greatly increase focus so get at it!
There is no better high than that produced by endorphins. A lot of long-distance runner’s experience this but you don’t have to run long distances to release endorphins.
Endorphins get a lot of credit for making you feel good during and after a workout but they are probably working alongside dopamine and serotonin to give you that buzz.
If you have not exercised for a while then it will be tough to start with but once you start releasing endorphins it all becomes a lot easier. You will get used to the “high” that regular exercise provides and want to do it more and more.
Endorphins will also help to calm you down and reduce anxiety as well as relieve any pains that you may have.
You may not have heard of BDNF before. It is an acronym for brain derived neurotrophic factor and it is one of the most important chemicals for your brain.
When your body releases BDNF it will form new connections between your nerve cells and it will repair any damaged nerve cells.
Your memory will certainly benefit from BDNF. When you work out you will speed up the production of BDNF as much as 3 times. This amazing chemical will protect your brain from injury and will help to preserve your cognitive function.
The Importance of Fitness to Entrepreneurs
I cannot speak highly enough about regular exercise and how important exercise is for entrepreneurs. We all need to make time for exercise. You are in control here and it’s down to you to take responsibility for your life.
Don’t use the “haven’t got time” excuse. You don’t have to join a gym; you can exercise at home or in the park.
Getting started is always tough. It was for me too. But I am telling you once those brain enhancing chemicals get going in your body you will absolutely love it.
There are very few other experiences that come anywhere near the high of exercising. It will make you a more effective entrepreneur as well.
I would love to hear from you now please.
How has exercise helped you as an entrepreneur? What benefits have you gained exercising regularly? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
Thank you and have a great day.