Why You Must Prioritize Exercise

accountability mindset Jul 08, 2022
Why You Must Prioritize Exercise

A friend sent me this excellent article, which I agree with 100%.

It's a must-read, especially if you have a job.

Doesn't matter it it's a desk job or manual-labor job.

This is the first time I’ve read anything remotely close to this when it comes to prioritizing exercise.

Anytime I hear of someone with a personal struggle, my first thought is always:

“I bet they would be able to handle life better if they did some exercise.”

Maybe it's just walking around the local park.

Even better would be some resistance training that is designed to burn bodyfat and boost strength.

Better still, a research-proven strength-and-conditioning system that follows the principles of progression and overload.

Exactly like the training plan we use at Arangio Athletic Fitness, with much success.

Invest a few minutes to read the piece below.

The author discusses why you must make your workouts priority number one.



Why Exercising Is a Higher Priority Than My Career

By Joshua Steimle

Originally appeared in Entrepreneur magazine

If exercise stops, then everything else will start falling apart. There’s a prevalent attitude among entrepreneurs that the business, whatever that business is, comes first. It is the high priority that trumps everything else, including family, friends and especially health.

I’ve seen entrepreneurs sacrifice all these things, sometimes with tragic consequences, to focus on making their businesses successful. I’ve also done it myself, although I’m one of the lucky ones. During the years I made my business my highest priority, my wife stuck by my side, I didn’t cause any permanent damage with friendships (although I certainly didn’t nurture any) and I didn’t die.

It’s not greed that motivates us entrepreneurs. It would be difficult to justify the sacrifices we make if the only reward were money.

Dollars become mere points in a sort of game. What it’s really about is building something great, doing something that matters and changing the world. That’s what makes it so easy to brush other things off. But it’s a mistake. I know that now, and that’s why today I care more about exercise than my business. But it’s not easy.

I have a growing business with 14 team members. These men and women rely on me to make sure their paychecks come on time, that benefits are there for them and their families, and that obstacles are removed so they can get their work done. We have approximately 40 clients, who are depending on me to make sure they’re getting the results that will help their businesses grow.

This adds up to a lot of tasks, and a lot of pressure. On any given day there are easily 100 important things I should be doing for my business, 50 of which are also urgent, but there is no way I can get more than 10 things done. And yet each and every week I spend at least 10 hours on focused, physical exercise.

I schedule my workouts during the workday and prioritize exercise over all my work activities.

There is some flexibility, but if there is a conflict between a trail run I need to get in, and a meeting with a client, I’ll reschedule the client meeting first. I do this because I and my business can survive the consequences of rescheduling a client meeting, even if it means losing that client.

But as soon as I start pushing workouts off, I’ll start missing workouts, and once I start missing workouts, I’m close to stopping workouts altogether.

Exercise must come first, or it’s unlikely to happen at all.

If exercise stops, then my health goes downhill. With the loss of physical health my productivity at work goes down. I become depressed. I lose motivation to do the things that makes my business successful. I’ve learned firsthand that excellence in one area of my life promotes excellence in all other areas of my life.

Exercise is the easiest area of my life to control. It’s easy to measure. Either I get it in, or I don’t. When I do, it lifts up all other areas of my life, including my business.

For a long time, I was fooled into thinking that if my business wasn’t the top priority, then that meant I wasn’t doing all I could do to make it successful. This is an understandable way of thinking, but it’s completely wrong.

If my life is made up of 10 priorities, then it’s not as simple as saying that if I move the business from being priority two to priority one, that the business is going to benefit.The trick is to figure out which ordering of priorities provides the maximum overall benefit.

For example, when I exercise, that makes me better in every role I have, whether it’s as a husband, father, friend or entrepreneur. If I were to stop exercising because I felt that being a good business owner was a higher priority, then ironically I would end up a worse business owner than I was when it when it was a lower priority.

Putting exercise first creates a win-win.

As my business grows, I see members of my team falling into the same trap I did. That’s why we’re working to institute health incentives, and why I’m not ashamed to talk about the time I take out of my work day to exercise. I know that if my team members put exercise and health before their jobs, they might work fewer hours, but they’ll feel better about themselves, have more fulfilling lives and they’ll produce better results with the hours they do work.



Well, there you have it.

The most unselfish you can do is to take care of yourself first.

"Exercise must come first, or it’s unlikely to happen at all."

Now you may be thinking how you're too busy to exercise thanks to previous commitments, vacations, and other grownup responsibilities.

My advice is that you don't need to be perfect. Instead, take imperfect action.

Just don't give up.

Even a couple of workouts in a month is better than zero workouts per month.

Maybe you'll make one small nutritional habit change this week.

These small changes add up and make a big difference.

Don't beat yourself up and don't give up.

Instead, keep doing what you can do, and give an honest effort each day.

Feeling paralyzed and, as a result, doing nothing is the worst thing you can do.

Maybe you're feeling frustrated because you tried a "cleanse diet," and saw results for a week or two, maybe a month, and then you gained it all back, plus more.

Making small habit changes is a better approach.

It's about slowly chipping away at your problems.

Realize that your journey to getting lean, strong, and happy is a marathon versus a sprint.

There is no end and there is no destination.

There is no break or pause either.

My most successful clients fall in love with the process and get a little bit better each day.

It could be that you got one more hour of quality sleep.

It could be that you added did a few more pullups.

Or maybe it's one more serving of vegetables today.

Perhaps it's one more hour spent with family at dinnertime.

These tiny behavioral changes may not seem like much today; however, over time you'll experience a compounding effect.

Not only do you get better results in the long-term, the results you do get, you actually keep.

To start feeling better today, simply take imperfect action.

Just take one small step.

Of course motivation is not something that you just wake up with.

In fact, self discipline is the new motivation.

Discipline is actions repeated daily, until they become habits.

Start with something small, build momentum, and build discipline through your actions.

That one small thing, like getting up early for a workout, could be the thing that kick-starts everything.

But maybe your tiny habit change is skipping that glass of wine with dinner, so you get a more restful night's sleep.

No matter what you do, your fitness-and-nutrition program should be fun and enjoyable if you make it part of your day and surround yourself with the right people that will inspire you to be a little bit better every day.

Keep going and keep giving it your best.

Pass this lesson along to the folks you care about.

To your success,

Coach Joe

P.S. I'm taking on a few new clients who want to lose at least 10 pounds of bodyfat over the next 10 weeks. We do this online or in-person. If you're interested, take a few moments to share your goals here.



Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.

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