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Become a Healthy Entrepreneur

Become a Healthy Entrepreneur


March 01, 2010

Living the life of an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get lost in the cerebral side of your existence. By throwing yourself into the business, you may have lost touch with the simple joy in movement. We’ve come up with reality checks for the most popular excuses people have for not staying in shape.

Myth #1: I’m not athletic, so even if I wanted to become more active, I can’t do it
Reality Check: There are many ways to incorporate more physical activity into your day.

Being active can take many forms and your body will burn calories with whatever type of movement you do.

Increasing activity throughout your day can include things you may not have thought of. Parking your car a few extra blocks from the office, taking the stairs in your building, standing up and pacing while on the phone, visiting your employee down the hall instead of sending an e-mail-these things take energy, and that means they eat up calories. Even when you fidget, you burn calories! In fact, in a 2005 study published in the journal Science, Mayo Clinic researchers looked at 10 lean and 10 obese individuals, and found that the obese subjects averaged two hours more of sitting per day than their slim counterparts. That resulted in 350 fewer calories burned. “Calories that people burn in their everyday activities are far, far more important in obesity than we previously imagined,” said one of the scientists in a press release.

Household chores are another source of calorie burning—sweeping requires almost 300 calories an hour, while shoveling snow can melt nearly 500. You’ll even keep burning calories after you complete an activity—generally, for every 100 calories expended while active, you’ll burn about 15 calories afterward.

The bottom line is, you don’t have to have a great jump shot, run a seven-minute mile, or even be coordinated to get active. You just have to get your body moving.