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Nothing is more important than optimal health, and entrepreneurs know that looking after themselves is a money-making strategy.
Knowing you have the energy, clarity, emotional stability, and endurance to handle life, along with everything your business throws at you, could be the difference between creating and sustaining the life you desire vs. battling burnout every year.
As spring approaches, the warmer mornings and longer days spark an inner urge for many of us to feel suitable for the impending Summer. We want to help you boost your wellness with 3 Health Hacks from some of the world’s leading High-Performance Coaches.
Before we get to the golden formula for living a supercharged life of immeasurable impact and fulfillment, let’s start with some simple truths from James Clear – author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits:
“To live fulfilling lives, we need to live physical lives. Too often, however, we take for granted the opportunity that our health gives us to live a life that’s true to us. Good health allows you to participate in your life actively.”
As un-earth-shattering as Clear’s statement might appear, it is – as he points out – a life principle that is too often ignored.
“Own Your Morning Elevate Your Life” – Robin Sharma
Physical Activity is also the first principle in Robin Sharma’s teachings – Trusted Advisor to Fortune 100 Companies and Best-selling Author of ‘The 5 Am Club’.
According to Sharma, the first 20 minutes of every day should be devoted to MOVEMENT. His 20/20/20 Rule Of Productive Mornings further builds on the idea by dedicating the following two successive 20-minute blocks equally to reflection and learning.
As Sharma points out, the end goal is Energy Optimization: “You can’t become legendary if you have no energy. Without energy, your brilliant strategy doesn’t get executed. Without energy, your dreams don’t get done. Without energy, a superbly fulfilling life remains a figment of your imagination.”
If vigorous exercise at 5 am doesn’t light your fire, fret not, for Ania Halama, Millennial Manifester, Intuitive Digital Artist, and Spiritual Life and Business Mentor, has developed a less regimented method of flowing into the day: “I start my mornings with meditation to set the tone for the day. As far as developing optimal health, I make time later in the day for exercise: Yoga, Dance, Spin Class, or Gym. Depending on the day and the FLOW that I am in.”
And therein lies the magic, according to Halama: “Connecting to your intuition and your feminine flow will not only put you in the flow for the entire day, but it will also make the movement more fun, and you’ll connect to your inner child. Instead of dreading going to the gym daily, listen to your intuition and be guided by it.”
Take Stock To Take Back Your Life
Physical activity in the pursuit of gaining energy is but the beginning of the riddle, as Aubrey Marcus, founder of holistic health and lifestyle brand, Onnit and host of The Aubrey Marcus Podcast shares. To serve as a guide on your path to improved wellness, Aubrey has distilled some fundamental questions from a life devoted to empowering others to achieve their fullest human potential:
“How are you breathing?
Are you getting enough sunlight?
Are you drinking enough water?
Are you moving?
Are you having s#x?”
You can hardly know where or how to make life improvements without first learning how you fair in each of life’s areas. Have you ever considered how your breathing is affecting your health? Or whether you have enough sex?
These are some tremendous, authentic, and impactful things to know.
One Boost To Rule Them All
According to April Ryan, Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Red Iguana, there’s arguably one thing that should take precedence over all others, and many health experts would agree. Sleep.
A worthy addition to your stock-take questions would be: ‘Are you getting enough quality sleep?’
An indicator of your sleep quality is your ability to deal with stress. As the number one threat to your health, minimizing stress should be at the forefront of your health and wellness regime.
And as Ryan suggests, there are also immediate, physical ramifications to allowing stress to get the best of you:
“Stress can have you reaching for unhealthy foods to regulate your emotions. Of course, it’s impossible to control emotions in other ways, but why not start at the beginning and address the possible root cause?”
If the day is won in the morning, you’ll start on the front foot if you wake to feel well-rested and rejuvenated.
Here’s our checklist for maximizing your time between the sheets:
Your bed is for sleeping – not eating, watching movies, or storing your pile of unfolded clothes.
Keep your room cool – 65 degrees Fahrenheit / 18.3 degrees Celsius. Let in some fresh night air just before going to bed!
The darker, the better. Invest in black-out curtains, or at least an eye mask!
A firm mattress and supportive pillow work wonders. (You’ll have to research what works best for you)
No blue light at least one hour before bed. Computer screens, phones, and TVs suppress melatonin levels and delay sleepiness. And no phones or other radiation-emitting devices in the bedroom overnight.
Improving your wellness isn’t difficult. All roads to improvement begin with a single step in the right direction. The first step begins with raising your awareness of your current habits. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Slow down, start small, and build your wellness, along with your empire, on a foundation of self-care and reflection.