You probably lead a very busy life. You work many hours and you may have family obligations and outside interests that fill your time. What you might not be doing is exercising. Not doing that may actually be harming you in the short and long term. You may feel you can’t afford the time to exercise but the reality is you can’t afford not to exercise. Maybe you should prioritize you in your schedule.
Exercise is an investment in your body, health and life, not a cost to you in time and energy. According to the Mayo Clinic regular exercise, approved by your doctor, can,
- Help control your weight, which if you have too much for too long can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, depression, arthritis and cancer.
- Improve your mood because physical activity stimulates chemicals in the brain that can make you feel happier and more relaxed.
- Boost your energy level and endurance.
- Promote better sleep because regular physical activity can lower stress levels, help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.
- Exercise can be fun and allow you to meet new people (and potential clients). Whether you join a gym, engage in a sport or some kind of physical activity (gardening, hiking, dance) you can switch up your networking environments.
If you can fall into a bad habit (not exercising), you can also fall into a good habit (exercising). Here are three suggestions from Inc. Magazine about making exercise a habit.
- Develop a ritual: It’s a habit that starts from a specific behavior that eliminates the option of deciding if you want to do an activity or not. That ritual is everything you do to get yourself where you exercise, whether that’s a gym or park. It’s putting on workout clothes, getting into your car, driving it, parking it and walking through the door. The signal to start the ritual can be your alarm clock.
- Schedule it: Just like setting aside time for a meeting, a court appearance or doctor’s visit, set aside time to exercise. Self-improvement guru Tony Robbins states, “If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.”
- Think long term: Being inconsistent and neglecting clients will affect your practice long-term. Being inconsistent and neglecting exercise affects your long-term health. Your health equals your wealth. Run your body like your practice.
Lawyers are famous for working long, stressful hours and leading over-scheduled lives. Chronic stress can result in heart disease and depression, reports the Mayo Clinic. According to Psychology Today the legal profession leads all others in depression and suicide, with 15% to 20% of lawyers suffering from alcohol or drug abuse. Exercise can help you deal with stress in a healthy way and improve your mood.
Without your health, what would you have? What would happen to your personal, family and professional life? With good health everything else in your life is possible.