Many small business owners work 16 hour days, 6-7 days/week. They are overworked, highly stressed, and under-rested. A large majority have placed work in the forefront, allowing their own personal health to slip to the wayside.

Our friend, Fitness Expert & Personal Trainer, Cord Reisdorf of Peak Fitness Management ( in Vancouver, has kindly provided some simple suggestions to get back on track:

10 Quick Fit Tips From One Busy Entrepreneur To Another…

You’re so busy, you probably  didn’t even read the whole title.

I get it. I’m a small business owner first, a personal trainer second and a lot of other things third. I too deal with competing priorities all day long.

Sometimes it can get overwhelming and when it does, any thought of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while being the driving force behind your organization can be deleted quicker than spam in your inbox.

But there are some simple solutions to keep you on the right track. Let’s get into the nuts and bolts. Here are 5 Fitness and 5 Nutrition Tips to keep you fueled and effective

1.     Book it, keep it.

Half the reason personal training works is because you have committed your time, your money and there is someone waiting for you. Whether you use a trainer or not, you need to book it like it’s the most important appointment you’ll have that day.

2.     Train harder and shorter.

When it comes to working out, more is simply more, not necessarily better. Train with focused intensity and get in, get it done, get out.

3.     Understand the connection.

Taking time to exercise WILL NOT take away from productivity, it will enhance it. You think the Fortune 500 CEO’s exercise because they have too much time on their hands? Think again.

4.     Mix it up.

Variety is the spice of life. Have you fallen off programs in the past because of boredom? Then change the routine frequently.

5.     Make it YOU.

You’re most likely a driven Type A. Find a workout (or 2 or 3) that matches your personality and challenge yourself to be better at it each time you attempt it. Compete with yourself!

6.     Don’t skip breakfast.

If you don’t fuel yourself properly, you will never be as productive as you could be.

7.     Prepare in advance.

Fifty percent of nutritional success comes from preparation. Prepare your snacks in advance and keep something near you at all times. When the energy starts crashing, reach for the snack for an instant boost.

8.     Don’t eat where you buy gas.

Yes, even if it’s a nice gas station.

9.     Fuel for performance.

Treat your job like a sport. Eat like an athlete (just remember you aren’t actually burning ‘athlete calories’ if you are sitting at your desk!).

10.   Remember 90/10.

If you aim for perfection 90% of the time, you have 10% to play with all the time. Things will ALWAYS come up to disrupt your plans. Take control of the times when you can to prepare for those times when you can’t.

Thanks for the great advice Cord!

It’s a Simple Equation:

Good Health = More Energy > More Energy = Better Focus & Efficiency > Better Focus & Efficiency = Higher Productivity

Leap of the Week: I think this quote from A. J. Reb Materi sums it up well. Let’s ponder… “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” Let this be a reminder to care for yourself as well as you do your business!

I think this quote from A. J. Reb Materi :   “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.”