I read a lot of books on successful entrepreneurs and what it takes to be successful (whatever you may define as successful). One of the common threads throughout most of the books is the importance of working out and getting in your exercise for the day. Think about it. How many overweight successful people do you know? Definitely not as many in shape people I’m assuming.
There are many reasons why exercise is so important for those who are successful and are striving towards the road of success and here are just a few…
1. Exercise helps tremendously with keeping stress levels at bay.
2. Exercise gives you energy which entrepreneurs and busy people need because there’s always lots to do in a day.
3. Exercise strengthens the immune system, keeps you healthy, and away from that sick sneezing coughing fun
4. Exercise creates ideas. Have you ever been out running or walking and end up with coming up with an amazing business idea or a solution to a problem? Could be because of being surrounded by nature but I have gotten some of my best ideas from taking a walk. And biking counts especially since we bike everywhere around Amsterdam.
5. Exercise clears the mind. If you’re playing a sport or have to move using any eye-hand-foot coordination you’ve got to be present. Being present gives you the space to not worry about what else is going on in your life. It’s focusing on the now and all of your surroundings. Exercise keeps you focused on what you are doing at that exact time and space. It feels wonderful to not have think about your responsibilities for 1-2hrs.
6. Exercise just makes you feel good about yourself.
In my vision of my life in 10 years, I have written down that I get up early everyday (though there isn’t an exact time), meditate and intend for 1/2 hr and then workout doing either yoga or some other fun activity I’m involved with at the moment like CrossFit before I get my day started. I know that to be the type of successful person I want to be in 10 years I have to workout and act like a successful person.
So here I am back in the present and committing myself to workout for at least a half hour every day. My fitness goal for February is to workout 29 times and my health goal is giving up sugar for 29 days. Keeping the goals easy to track is the trick to achieving goals as well as telling everyone around you so that you’re held accountable. I’m starting up Knowmads next Monday so I know I will be a lot busier since I’ve gotten to Amsterdam Jan 11th. Making sure I make the time to workout is going to be a nececesity and one that has to turn into a habit.
Since living here in Amsterdam, I’ve slacked off with my exercise habits (i.e. attending bikram yoga every day). I did go running 3 times in a row once I got some stability with my living situation thinking I had created a habit for myself but when that 4th day came around and it was raining and the 5th and 6th day just the same, there was no way I wanted to go outside for my run. I thought I’d be able to get myself accustomed to running in the cold because that’s exercise you can do anywhere but I’ve realized the costs of going out in the freezing windy city of Amsterdam are too much for me. After the running stint I found a bikram yoga studio and ended up going twice with the deal they had for new students. On top of the yoga, I also went to 2 basketball practices. Although I enjoyed every minute of the exercise, it was the time in between I wasn’t enjoying like the soreness, the fatigue, and the constant desire to take a nap.
What I’ve found is that it is not going to be possible for me to do 2 hours plus of working out a day all while being a student at Knowmads plus working at my ‘au pair’ job. Hitting the 2 hour intense workout milestone then wanting to get lots of things done and go to fun places makes for a pretty exhausting Knowmadic Kristin. The long workout actually has an inverse effect on my body and all I end up wanting to do is take naps. I realize I don’t want to workout for 2 hours here in A’dam because it’s not the true focus of why I’m here. I know that working out is extremely important which is why a mentality of “get in and get out” at the gym/apt is perfect for me this Knowmadic year. No fooling around, lolly gagging or slow jogging around A’dam. A quick intense workout on most days and relaxing recuperating yoga on the other days I think will do just the trick for a balanced lifestyle.
I’ve always been a person who will work my butt off at a gym and will go to 2-4 different classes just because they sound fun. But looking back on those times, I was usually unproductive the rest of the day because my body was so exhausted. Changing my mindset to small intense workouts (30 mins max) plus yoga sprinkled heavily in between is the best bet for me. Do I smell some CrossFit Amsterdam in my future?
Here’s to balancing work and fitness!
Are you getting your daily exercise? If not, set some goals, get an exercise buddy and start moving!