Combining Fitness and Business

For some, the idea of working out is something we throw into the list of things we would one day like to do. We are too focused on work and other responsibilities to find the time or motivation to actually get out and exercise. Excuses are always easy to find, especially when it comes to getting healthier. While we may lack motivation to get healthier, one of the things we overlook is the chance that a fitness routine has for improving our business life as well.


Let’s start with the obvious advantage to working out, a healthier attitude and more energy. Imagine you are getting to work and as you walk in the door you are tired and in a poor mood just because of your lack of energy. That mood trickles down and impacts your employees in one way or another. It can set the tone for the entire day and hurt productivity.

Now, imagine the same situation, only you started the day off with a 30 min jog or game of tennis. You are more upbeat and energetic when you get to work and your employees and the people you work with feed off that energy and put more effort into their tasks. As the boss you set the tone for the day.


Exercise isn’t a one-person thing. There are plenty of opportunities for you to network and develop friendships and business relationships with people who want to exercise with you. Forget golf for a minute, some of the most popular networking sports include cycling, tennis, racquetball or even just a game of basketball. People love to exercise but it’s even more enjoyable when you can compete with friends.

At the end of the day, you will easily find excuses why you shouldn’t workout. However, if you are really motivated to make a significant change in your life, you will actually see plenty of excuses why you should start working out. Don’t try to set the bar too high. If it’s been months or years, understand that the first couple of weeks are going to be a little tough while you get back into a rhythm and your body gets acclimated. Don’t get frustrated, track your progress and know that in just a couple of weeks you are going to start feeling more energy, seeing improvement in your performance and that you will eventually make this a part of your daily routine that you are going to love.