The Office Fitness Center: Three Ways Exercise Puts Entrepreneurs Ahead of the Game

Living day to day in America, we’re so inundated with the idea of fitness, that the noise almost fades into the background. Celebrity workouts, diet trends, and health tracking apps make it seem like such a dedicated hobby, that the busiest of us may feel the need to set our health aside in favor of our passions and careers. 

But the truth is that a light exercise regiment is an invaluable resource to your pursuits as a successful entrepreneur. And access to a gym or fitness center like the one in Nexus 1201’s own building at One Atlantic Center can have a profound impact on your business, your focus, and your relationship to clients and investors.

Physical Health

Maintaining your body is an important focus as you progress through a world of sitting through meetings and long phone calls. As sedentary as office life can be, it can be easy to sink into bad habits, which can affect your overall health. Sitting still for hours on end can affect your digestive health, which can affect your energy levels and immune system. As your posture deteriorates, so do the discs in your spine, leading to long term aches, pains, and a host of further problems. 

According to the American Heart Association, sitting too long increases the risk of heart disease – the number one killer in the United States. An early death is a surefire way to damage your business!

Mental Health

A study from the scientific publication ScienceDirect.com suggests that “sedentary behavior is a cause of concern for adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia.” These conditions can have a detrimental affect on your ability to keep up in the fast-paced business world, and to maintain healthy relationships with your clients and coworkers. As stressful as your entrepreneurial pursuits can be, a sharp, focused, and relaxed mind is your most valuable tool.

A study from McMaster University tells us that over just a short period of time, brief, high intensity workouts had a surprising affect on high-interference memory, which “might help to explain the previously established link between aerobic exercise and better academic performance.” As Julian Hayes II, an executive health and performance coach explains, “This is largely due to exercise helping support Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a protein that supports the growth, functioning and survival of your brain cells.”

And just from a simple walking exercise plan, creative output is bolstered as well. This study from Stanford University shows a tremendous increase in creativity from study participants after walking. Across multiple experiments, participants improved their creativity not only just after walking exercise, but for an extended amount of time after: “walking also exhibited a residual effect on creativity. After people walked, their subsequent seated creativity was much higher than those who had not walked.”

Professional Health

It’s not just your body and mind that benefit from exercise, but your relationships as well. It’s a superficial but undeniable fact that your physical appearance gives a first impression to potential clients and partners as soon as you walk in a room. That doesn’t mean you have to look like Chris Hemsworth or Beyonce to run your business; it’s all about how you carry yourself, the confidence in your step, and the strength in your core. People of all shapes and sizes can be physically fit, and a well-cared for body and mind are immediately apparent to the sharp eyes of executives and investors. You don’t want to go into a meeting clutching your back or struggling to maintain focus, so a light, steady exercise routine can put you ahead of the rest in this competitive world. 

And with the long hours and attention you’ve dedicated to your business, there’s nothing quite like having a gym right in your own office. At Nexus 1201, gym memberships are included in One Atlantic Center’s state of the art fitness facility. Whether you arrive a little early, stay a little late, or fit a workout in on your lunch break, you’ll have easy access to everything you need to stay healthy, sharp, and a step ahead of the rest.