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If You’re Not Prioritising Exercise, This Is Why You Need to Start

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If You’re Not Prioritising Exercise, This Is Why You Need to Start

We all grow up knowing how vital exercise is for the mind, body and spirit.

How we need it to maintain health and clarity, and how great regular exercise can make us feel. Yet, when things get rough, it’s more often than not, one of the first things to get booted from your daily routine.

I’m writing from first-hand experience as the person who decided her life was too busy to workout. Who after years spent living on the Small Business edge; spending my days putting out fires, and narrowly escaping each week by the skin of my teeth, has finally emerged out the other side. And now me, who was once active and healthy, is stressed, tired and overweight.

Drawing a line.

Not long ago I was driving back from a meeting feeling exhausted and down. As I sat waiting for the lights to change I suddenly couldn’t take it anymore. I felt like I needed to get out of the car at that very moment and go for a run or at least go for a walk. I just needed to get moving. So when the light turned green, I drove straight to a gym and signed up on the spot.

Ten minutes into my first session and I was thinking “What the hell have I done … How could I have let it get to this?” I’m not a lazy person, far from it. But I’d been so caught up in my business life, in survival, that looking after myself had seemed more like a luxury than a priority. All I wanted to do, was sit on the floor and cry.

The realisation.

It didn’t take long for me to start loving the gym. I liked being challenged, and I started looking forward to the aching muscles that followed a session. I was feeling great, more focused and a different kind of tired.

It didn’t take long for me to realise that by not prioritising exercise over my last few years, I’d been making a big mistake.

The thing is, the benefits I’ve now started seeing in myself and my work are things like:

  • Clarity in my thinking.
  • Physical tiredness that meant I slept.
  • Time and focus away from work.
  • Increased confidence.
  • A fortified daily structure.

Things that would have been a huge help to me as I navigated my way through the previous few years of unthinkable amounts of stress and unknown.

The lesson here.

So the lesson here is you do have time. Even if you don’t have money for a gym membership, you have time to walk every day. Make time. Make it a high priority business task on your to-do list because it shouldn’t be an option.

Sacrificing your health and well being for business is a dangerous game to play.

Not only that, by doing so you’re robbing yourself of some very real positive outcomes that can be of great benefit in navigating your way through stress.

Trust me, I’ve been there, and if I could change one thing from my last five years, it would be to make exercise a priority.

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