Running a business has great rewards; it can also be very stressful! If you are stressed, chances are so is some aspect of your business. March is National Nutrition Month, a perfect time to remind business owners that controlling their stress with good nutrition and exercise can help ease business stress!
The effects of stress on a person’s life are quite harmful – personally and professionally. Statistics from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) show nearly 40 million adults are affected by stress and anxiety. Studies taken around the world show solid evidence supporting the health and wellness benefits of consistent, regular exercise.
Here’s some stats from those studies:
- Exercise can elevate depressed mood in many people and relieve anxiety and depression.
- Exercise improves mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress.
- Exercise can help physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people.
- Regular exercise can work medication for some people to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
The good news for busy entrepreneurs and working professionals is that it really takes no time at all to reap the rewards of daily exercise! According to a recent study cited by the ADAA, a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout and deliver several hours of relief akin to taking an aspirin for a headache. Come on, we can all do that!
The best way to stay on track is to schedule daily exercise into your calendar. If you are just starting out remember to take one step at a time and perhaps begin with a 10 minute walk a few days a week. Just like your marketing efforts the only way to get good results is to be consistent. Exercise is no exception so get up, get moving and release the stress from your body and your business!
While we tout HEALTHY MARKETING = WEALTHY ORGANIZATIONS®, we also care enough to want to remind you that HEALTH = WEALTH.
If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can’t give the best to your family, friends, coworkers or company.
So get off your butt, ok!?? 🙂
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics article: http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/nnm/
Anxiety and Depression Association of America article: http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/exercise-stress-and-anxiety