Being a business owner is of course the best thing ever and being your own boss there are a million reasons why that is amazing. But what happens when being your own boss begins to take over your personal life and you don’t have time to do fun things you did before the transition. When you work for yourself, you set your own schedule so you can almost agree that you have no excuse to not stay fit. You choose what type of work you do and when. You choose when you wake up and when you end your day. The ball is literally in your court so what will you do with it?
I honestly had every excuse in the book and sometimes they still appear and haunt me. Excuses such as I don’t have any clean workout clothes or I don’t have the appropriate attire period. The same time I was making excuses I came across this company called , Onzie. They create active apparel that is functional, flexible and flattering. Onzie gear is made to sweat! 100% made in the USA. Onzie active apparel, designed with Free-Flow Fabric Technology, dries quickly for ultimate ventilation while you work out. You’ll stay comfortable, cool and fully supported, in and out of motion. Developed by a 20 year Bikram Yoga veteran, Onzie blends the best of traditional yoga wear with modern innovation and a touch of whimsy. Pronounced Own-Zee. Long story short we chatted via email and next thing I know I have a box of goodies at my doorstep and I instantly became excited about working out again. Believe me if you really know me then thats a weird feeling haha. Also included with the workout gear were a couple pieces of lounge wear that I have fallen in love with. (see photo below)
One of the biggest things that stood out to me about this company is that it is super affordable. I’ve actually browsed for activewear prices before and suddenly thought I am not paying xxx when I barely workout. Such a shame but luckily with Onzie their pieces are more than for working out, whether you do yoga, want to just lounge, or like wearing activewear during the day instead of “dressing up” this is definitely for you. Like I previously mentioned being an entrepreneur you have to really block out time for things like this but if you have no clue where to start on your fitness journey as a #girlboss follow these steps below:
1. Prioritize exercise over everything else
Actually, scratch that — because you should put family and relationships first. But right after that comes exercise! You should treat working out like it’s more important than work — because it is. If you’re not healthy, you won’t be able to continue to do all the things you manage now, including work. Health should be your top priority.
2. Work out even if you don’t feel like it
This is easier said than done, but if you force yourself to go for a run or hit the gym even when it’s the last thing you feel like doing, it will become a habit. You’ll get used to exercising every day, even when it doesn’t sound like fun.
3. Exercise in the morning before you check email
I fail at this more times than I succeed, but when I do succeed, my workouts are far more meaningful. This gives you the opportunity to actually rest your mind and gather your thoughts for the day. Rather than waking up and checking your email right away with your mind racing on what is the first thing you need to do.
4. Count your calories
One of the dangers of working from home is the availability of snacks. They’re right there in the kitchen, so why not have a few more chips or a cupcake? Especially if you don’t leave your office for lunch, it’s easy to snack into the afternoon rather than have a set meal. And when you do that, you might not even realize how many calories you consume.
5. Find a way to move that you actually enjoy
You’re much more likely to exercise consistently if you like the activity. If I had to go to the gym every day and use the elliptical for 45 minutes, I would never do it. I find gym machines so horribly boring that I’ll do everything possible to avoid them. So I have put in time to take up classes like yoga and boxing which are different but super fun. If I can’t make the gym I step out of the office and take a walk around our neighborhood and to the nearby park to just get moving and a little fresh air. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish when you take a step back, drop everything for a second, and just enjoy the beautiful weather and you time.
6. Make it social
Working from home can be isolating. Doing group exercise, either by coordinating with a friend or joining a class, is a great way to kill two birds with one stone: you get your sweat on, and you get to talk to someone, too. If you push yourself to try a few new activities, you might even make some new friends.
I’d love to hear what works for you? How do you make exercise a priority?