Hey my #FitFriends… I often talk with entrepreneurs about their health and fitness, stressing the importance of picking up some weights, along with the phone. How good it is to make time for a run when you’re on the run and looking your best when you are giving your best.
My good friend Chris Brogan wrote this awesome guest post for me that solidifies how important overall health and fitness is to his success as an entrepreneur, best-selling author, keynote speaker and always making the time to be an amazing dad. I have so much respect and admiration for Chris because he has such an amazing balance to his life. He makes the time to include everything that has value in life…family, work, rest, relationships. If you don’t know who Chris is, this post will let you learn about him. If you’re an entrepreneur that doesn’t make the time for fitness, you are seriously hurting your business potential.
Why Fitness Matters to a 46 Year Old Entrepreneur
If you meet me, you won’t think “athlete” right off the bat. I’m tall, broad-shouldered, and have some muscle, but I also have plenty of cuddly fat on my frame, too. But I’m in better shape at 46 than I was at 16, 26, or 36. Why? You might think “He’s got a significant other. He’s successful in business. Who cares if he’s a bit roly poly?” Or you might wonder HOW, too. I’ll share both.
Why Fitness Matters To Me
I’m a business advisor, professional speaker, and author. None of that requires any level of physical strength or agility. In fact, I’m paid to sit still more often than not. Going out for a hike or a jog or to hit the gym actually takes away money-producing hours from me. So why am I doing this?
- Accomplishing fitness goals builds my self-confidence – when I deadlifted 415 lbs (after seeing that Hugh “Wolverine” Jackman had done it, and he’s my age), I wore that excitement and confidence around for months. Every time I finish a challenge I’ve set for myself, I feel a powerful internal confidence well up. That’s priceless.
- Fitness gives out free drugs – exerting one’s self at the gym or out running or doing yoga provides endorphins and dopamine and all kinds of other free mood enhancing drugs. As someone who falls into clinical depression at least once a year, I’ll never say no to free drugs that make me feel good. I just got back from rucking 55 lbs on my back and I feel so energized!
- A strong body gives you a strong mind – there are three secrets to my ability to create mountains of good material for my clients and the community I serve. I sleep 8+ hours a night. I hydrate very well. I do strength training. All three of these efforts provide tools my brain needs to stay fast, elastic, and powerful. Your body is the spacesuit that takes your consciousness around to all your adventures. Give it the best fuel and best tools.
I refuse to make fitness boring and obnoxious. I switch up my routines and goals every handful of months. It means that sometimes I don’t get the same progress markers as people who do the same old thing for a year or two at a time, but it also means that my crazy brain stays engaged with it all the time.
You can pick whatever and enjoy it. Here’s some of what I do and have done:
- Spartan Races
- Trail marathon
- Rucking (hiking with a weighted backpack)
- Kettlebells (love these!)
There are so many more options. You can pick whatever. But pick things, do them to a level of effort that reminds you that you’re there getting sweaty, and give your body and mind what it deserves.
I use fitness to thrive. By the time I’m 56, I’ll be the most in shape guy I’ve ever been. Join me?
Disclaimer: This is not a paid post or affiliate promotion. Chris wrote this post specifically for this blog because he is simply, a great human being! Love you Chris, thanks.