May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you're like many small business owners, physical fitness is one of those things you'll find time for as soon as...
- your business takes off
- your business slows down
- you meet this next deadline
- you can squeeze the extra time into your already full schedule
Sound familiar? You're definitely not alone. These days, it's nearly impossible to find that extra time, especially if you're just starting out or if you're running a solo operation. However, whether you're working from home or from the office, it's important to find time to get in some extra exercise. If you are working from home, take regular breaks to go for a quick walk around the block or even just around your home. If you have a treadmill or stationary bike, take "mile breaks", just long enough to get in a quick mile on either piece of equipment. If you're working in an office or other location outside of your home, try to get out and get some exercise during your lunch break. Even a quick walk around the office between tasks can make a difference.
There are several significant benefits to making fitness part of your daily routine. Exercise is great for helping people stay focused and energized. It can also help you to sleep better at night and enjoy better overall health, all important for running a business. Staying in shape can help you do a better job of operating your own business. If you encourage your employees to also find time for fitness, the benefits multiply. Exercise can improve your employees physical and mental well-being (fewer sick days), concentration, and energy. Encouraging team fitness opportunities can also help to improve teamwork and problem solving. Gyms, adult camps, and other locations can usually be rented out for the day, and can provide a perfect chance for you and your employees to bond and get fit together.
Encouraging fitness in your community can also benefit your business. Sponsor a local kids' sports team or community fitness event or program. If you can find the time, consider coaching t-ball or another youth sport team. You could also volunteer your services for a community fitness program. For example, if you're a web designer, you could offer to create a simple website for a non-profit sports organization that could benefit from one.
The benefits of supporting fitness extends beyond helping to encourage healthy lifestyles in your community. By publicly supporting an event or organization, you're getting word out about your business, bringing in new business and showing current customers that you're engaged in your community, encouraging them to keep coming to you for their needs.