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Exercise doesn't help your business ...

Well, actually it does for us.

I still don't love running on a treadmill in my home office each morning, but I do it.

It use to take so much energy to get up that little bit earlier every day to do at least 30 minutes of exercise. That was until I started to see that 30-minute workout as more than running on a treadmill and doing a few sit-ups. I decided to see it as what it was, and what was that?

It’s now a habit within my morning routine that makes a real difference in my energy level. Without noticing, those 30 minutes each morning were boosting my body’s fitness and also my mood, both of which contribute to my overall health and well-being. I didn’t notice until the Summer holidays changed my routine.

So how exactly does exercise help with business?

  • An increase in endorphin levels 

Endorphins are our body's natural hormones that get released when we are doing something that requires a burst of energy, they're the things that make us perform, make us move. Exercise tends to increase those levels. 

So for me, more endorphins equal more performance. 

Performance is what's needed to succeed in business, right? Action for attraction etc. 

  • Sharper focus Mentally, we feel more energized and ready to tackle the world after a good workout because endorphins have boosted our physical energy level. According to a study of older adults published in April 2016 in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, a program of 24 weeks of moderate aerobic exercise improved cognitive function, including concentration. While some researchers have speculated that higher-intensity workouts might not have the same positive effect, a study published in February 2014 in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills found that a session of high-intensity training improved cognitive function with respect to attention and short-term memory tasks. 

I'm sure you'll relate as a business owner to how important memory is when completing tasks. Networking requires that same importance, remembering names, businesses, your own ask etc can be challenging. 

So that 30-minute run on a treadmill soon went from a painful I really don't want to do this, is being out of shape really that bad? This 30-minute habit each day is now a massive section of the business plan for Leading Ladies In Business. 

Sometimes in life, we focus too much on the actual task in hand over the results doing that task is going to help create. 

Enjoy your day! 

Clare Bowers

Co-founder of Leading Ladies In Business

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