How to Manage the Stress of Running a Business with ExerciseLet me guess, you know that you should pay more attention to your health because it would not only help you feel better but you’d be more efficient running your business?  You’ve actually thought about joining a gym but you have a family that requires your presence either early in the morning, in the afternoon or both, does this sound about right?

Maybe you’re the person that really went through the process of joining the gym but found yourself making those monthly payments but rarely attending. Believe it or not, that’s what most people do. A recent study showed that close to 70 percent of gym memberships go unused, yep, 70 percent.

If this sounds like you, you’re in luck. I’m here to offer some solutions to busy entrepreneurs that don’t seem to have time to exercise.


Since you spend so much time working, why not find a way to work up a sweat while you’re growing your business?

Here are some ways you can get some exercise in while running your business.

Balance Ball Chair

Using a balance ball chair instead of a regular office chair is a great way to build core strength and stability while you’re working. No,  a balance ball chair won’t build rock hard abs but it does offer some benefits for those sitting behind a desk for countless hours throughout the day.

Check out this balance ball chair from Staples >>

Desk Cycle

If you’re looking to burn a few more calories throughout the day, a desk cycle might do the trick. They range in size, shape and price. They can fit comfortably under your desk and you can pedal away while you work throughout the day. They start around $30. So whether you’re just getting started or if you have more ambitious cycling goals and want to start training for the Tour de France, there’s a desk cycle out there for you.

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Desk Treadmills

Some people prefer more challenging workouts like a desk treadmill. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a treadmill that’s attached to your desk. Many of them are adjustable and offer a great workout while working on your computer or talking on the phone. However you might have to explain why you’re breathing so funny while you’re on the phone.

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Body Weight and Dumbbells

My first job out of college was working for a car rental agency and one of my co-workers was a fitness buff. Since we worked such long hours, we decided to come up with a workout regimen that we could do thorough the work day.

What we came up with was to perform one of three exercises (pushups, sit ups and squats) at the top of every hour. Believe it or not it really worked and we would go home with a good burn at the end of the day. Was it as good as working with a personal trainer for two hours after work? Probably not, but we could tell that we had been working and we noticed improvements over time; at least until we were moved to different office locations.

Anaerobic exercises like lifting weights can be difficult to perform while working, especially if you don’t have much space. If lack of space is your situation, dumbbells may be a nice option. There are a number of workouts that can be done with dumbbells that can get you in really good shape and once you’re done, they can easily be put away.

Check out this complete guide to dumbbell workouts >>


Running a business can be extremely stressful and one of the best ways to combat stress is to exercise. Even though working long hours makes it hard to exercise, we all know that where there’s a will, there’s a way.

If getting up early to go to the gym or going to the gym after you leave the office isn’t realistic, there’s always the option of working out at the office.

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