Any small business owner or entrepreneur will tell you they wish there were more hours in the day. While exercise is an invaluable portion of our lives, too often does life become too busy to find time for exercise in a schedule.
Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs and Physical Health
HHS.gov US Department of Health & Human Services statistics show less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.
If small business owners and entrepreneurs do not meet the minimum physical activity guidelines they become at risk of developing health issues from spending too much time being sedentary. Research has linked an inactive lifestyle to numerous severe health conditions such as heart conditions, metabolic syndromes or diabetes. For small business owners and entrepreneurs getting sick also puts their companies at risk.
Mindful Bodies Fitness, founded by Tanya Lehman, is one of the new companies emerging that is addressing this issue. Tanya is an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) certified and a CPR/ AED certified fitness trainer. She teaches entrepreneurs and small business owners alike how to fit exercise into their busy lifestyles even with an extreme hectic schedule.
The idea behind the name of her company Mindful Bodies Fitness is to keep the correct intenition with our individual health journeys. Training should be done intelligently to receive all the health we desire. For entrepreneurs it is hard to decompress, and slow down from their work to-do list or to put their health first over business customers’ needs but having this mindset will lead to mental and physical health benefits.
Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Mental Health
Evidence consistently shows that exercise can improve mental health. A study of 1,237,194 people found that those who exercised reported fewer mental health problems than those who did not. Studies, which are listed below, show how not being active is detrimental to both physical and mental health:
- Sedentary Behaviors and Subsequent Health Outcomes in Adults
- Physical Activity, Sedentary Index, and Mental Disorders in the SUN Cohort Study
- Sedentary Behavior and the Risk of Depression: A Meta-Analysis
- Association Between Physical Exercise and Mental Health in 1·2 Million Individuals in the USA
Tanya and her team at Mindful Bodies Fitness teach small business owners and entrepreneurs that for mental health it is important to turn off work and reconnect with the body. Tanya explains, “Exercise is meant to be a focused activity”. She and her team of health coaches and fitness trainers want to keep the mind in the workout. The correct movements and routines are vital for your health both physically and mentally.
Time for Small Business Owners to Stop Being Sedative and to Get Active
Entrepreneurs often tend to have limited time and can’t get to a gym or meet in person with a trainer. The team at Mindful Bodies Fitness understand that and have flexible programs for this reason. From zoom classes to pre recorded workouts, Mindful Bodies Fitness has classes for those busy types with variant schedules. Mindful Bodies Fitness classes tend to be a mix of HIIT and strength training, however that is not the exclusive format. Elements of cardio or even bikram yoga can be included in workouts. Minimal equipment is needed sometimes. There are many ways to get creative at an office or at home though. You can use a water jug as a weight, or just towels for sliding moves. These classes range in length from 30 minutes to an hour and can be done right at an office or at home. Even those with the busiest of schedules will be able to add these flexible options into their routines.
- CDC – Center for Disease and Control and Prevention – Physical Activity Data and Statistics
- HHS.gov US Department of Health & Human Services – Facts & Statistics Physical Activity
Megan Bahlo is a senior writer for SmallBiz-Resources and partner publications. She join SmallBiz-Resources in 2020 and covers the topics like Small Business Management. Before coming to SmallBiz-Resources she worked in the service industry.