It is important to schedule active time into your life just as you would for a meeting. A lot of my time is spent on the road so I make sure I always have the opportunity to take a walk. Sometimes that means simply walking laps at airports, or it can mean budgeting in the time to walk to appointments in order to get to know a new area, exercise and gain a fresh perspective. I also try to go to the gym on each trip or at least do some exercises on the fly. I rely on a number of iPhone apps to help keep me on track.
—Tink Taylor, founder and president of dotmailer
I make time for physical activity and implement it into my weekly routine because it provides me with increased mental energy and allows me to be efficient in my work. I switch it up each week; otherwise, the monotony would encourage me to skip a workout. One trick I employ that’s great for busy, entrepreneurial professionals is combining a physical activity with a social one or with a work engagement, like a ski trip with friends on the weekend or a networking event that also involves a workout class. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.
—Agnieszka Burnett, founder and creative director of Nomaterra
Achieving a work-life balance is a constant struggle for women, particularly those of us who are navigating a number of roles in our lives. Tapping into the power of clarity and choice has been key for me. I start with getting clear on what my priorities are, stepping back and looking at the big picture of my life, and then making powerful choices that support both my personal life and my business. This can sometimes mean saying no and setting stronger boundaries. Other times, it’s about remembering that I can’t be everything to everyone, and I am most effective when I move toward activities that nourish rather than deplete me.
—Kelly McNelis, founder of Women For One
Do it early and get it out of the way. Life has a habit of ruining the best laid plans. By exercising in the morning, you can ensure that nothing will disrupt your workout time and prevent you from staying healthy. Also, since you body’s endorphins are at their highest levels when you first wake up, you can maximize the effectiveness of your workout by doing it early in the morning.
—Rahim Charania, CEO, American Fueling Systems
Always block out at least half an hour a day for physical activity. I usually play basketball or go to the gym each day. It is very important as you feel better and will be more productive if you incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.
—Randy Rayess, co-founder, VenturePact
This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.