How Does The Entrepreneur Work Out?

Posted on March 25, 2015

Working out has always been a struggle for me.

A big part of my business is my speaking career and I’m constantly flying all over the place and often taking red eye flights. I also get bored really easily with the same workout routine or class day after day. And I’m not a huge fan of the “trendy” workouts all over Los Angeles. That being said, I know working out is beneficial for entrepreneurs – it helps release tension, stress, and helps me feel like I’ve “come back” from being rejected or let down during the work day. Here is my latest strategy on how to get the workouts in:

  1. Put it in your calendar. Just this year, I started putting workouts in my outlook calendar. My entire team is shared on it. And you know what? I don’t care. One of my team members asked me why my workout was in my calendar and I said, “If I don’t make it a priority. Who will?” By making my workout look as important as a conference call or meeting – I’ve been able to schedule around it and make it a priority.
  2.  Power Through the Week. I’ve told myself that I’m going to workout for 30-60 minutes per day each day during the week and then I give myself the weekends off. We all risk going into burnout mode so I figure if I can get in …….
  3. Switch It Up. If I do the same workout constantly, there is no way it’s sustainable for more then a few weeks. I try to switch it up as frequently as possible – weight training, spin class, Pilates, etc.
  4. Reward Yourself With Training Not the Other Way Around. I’ll let myself pay to workout with a personal trainer IF I’m already going to the gym and sticking to my routine. Most people work out with a trainer when they are being lazy. I’ve noticed that if I work out with a trainer and that’s all that I do – I only go to the gym to see the trainer – I don’t go for anything else. It’s actually a disservice for me to workout with the trainer if I’m not going to incorporate it into my workout routine. There is no way I’m going to see results by meeting someone at the gym two days a week. If you have the luxury of being able to workout with a trainer, I suggest using it to reward yourself and not using it when you are lazy. In my experience, it doesn’t really help and just encourages you to be lazy.

8 comments
mallorygold
mallorygold

I definitely agree with scheduling workout time it in your calendar, that way its staring right at you! I'm also big on trying out different workout classes like SoulCycle, FlyBarre, Cyc, hot yoga, etc. The different classes prevent me from getting bored with the same routine while also exercising different muscles and areas of my body! There are lots of websites that offer discount packages too so that you don't have to break the bank!

I also really enjoy working out with friends- sometimes its much less daunting to know you're sweating it out just as much as your friend. My best friend and I schedule 1-2 days a week to workout together. It helps us share workouts we love and we're both much less likely so skip and leave the other hanging.

iamnorahorvath
iamnorahorvath

I've started "scheduling" my workouts into my day and it's help me be a lot more motivated to hit the gym! 

kristynanguiano
kristynanguiano

I really need to start working out!  Thanks for the motivation!

HayleyGood
HayleyGood

This is such a great idea!! As a college athlete I am lucky to have my workouts built into my schedule, but once I stop I will definitely put these in my calendar!!

sayaarakawa
sayaarakawa

Absolutely! I push myself to go to the gym every morning before work, also giving myself the weekends off. I have been doing this for a few months and, now, I couldn't start my work day any other way. It has become my routine and I love it. It gives me that extra energy to get through a busy day.

LaurenNevidomsky
LaurenNevidomsky

Another great thing to remember is that it's not necessarily about the length of the workout, as the quality. There are plenty of workouts you can do in 20 minutes, especially if you do a few intense repetitive circuits/HIIT