This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s “Healthy Entrepreneur” series, bringing you insights on
food, exercise, and sleep on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout May.
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In our book, the pursuit of startup “success” at the expense of
disease, depression, and/or death is a failure. That’s why
Tech Cocktail has dedicated the month of May to providing you, the
entrepreneur, valuable resources, interviews, tips and tricks to
lead a happy, healthy life.
We’re also aware that your circumstance may not be conducive to
a perfectly healthy lifestyle. Robb
Wolf telling you to get more sleep might sound nice in
theory, but in practice, you’re riddled with demanding deadlines,
pending payrolls, and inquisitive investors. Eight hours
might not be realistic- but improvement always is. (But
you really should give Wolf’s advice a shot- for performance’s
That’s why we’ve reached out to a group of fellow entrepreneurs,
those who can empathize with your situation, to share some simple
tips for how they infuse a bit of good health into their day.
Their responses are below. Enjoy.
26 Simple Health Tips for Entrepreneurs, From
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1) Schedule Regular Walking Meetings
Each day, I try to make as many meetings as I can walking ones.
Not only is it a great way to add in some sneaky exercise but, for
the right kind of meeting, getting up and moving can really
energize and expand the conversation.
- Derek Flanzraich, ceo & founder of
2) Meditation and Generating Heat from Inside
I practice vedic meditation, which calls for 20 minutes in the
morning and in the afternoon, sitting up with your back supported,
since we can’t all be monks in the Himalayas, right? In terms of
physical exercise–it’s not about how long or how hard, it’s about
how much heat you’re generating from within yourself. Actually, I
think this should apply to everything you do–a combination of calm
self-reflection plus heat and passion are the recipe for a good
- Erica Berger, Co-founder and curator,
3) Commit to races
Nothing inspires entrepreneurial types to get in shape like
upcoming competition, so sign up for triathlons, 10ks, bike races,
or whatever floats your boat. Lost 50 lbs after signing up for
a half ironman despite barely being able to run a 5k.
- Erik Severinghaus, Founder and CEO
I spin everyday now and not for my body but the disconnect from
all things tech and for the clearing of the mind. It’s my
meditation and an incredible workout!
- Jen Friel, Creator at Talk Nerdy To
5) 5 to 20 Minute Morning Meditation
Even if you only have five minutes, make a point to sit with
your eyes closed and breathe. Better still — use the Insight Timer
app and set a goal to do 20 minutes, at least three times
a week. It’s like building a muscle — it will get easier over time,
and you will be amazed at the clarity and creative problem-solving
it brings in life and business. Insight Timer will help you build
the habit by keeping a log of your sessions, as well as an optional
“journal” prompt when you finish to collect insights and ideas.
- Jenny Blake, Author and Founder
After College & JennyBlake.me
6) Use the Buddy System
I have a running ‘buddy’ (another founder whose company is in a
similar stage as mine). We go on long runs together and swap
stories, give/get advice, generally de-stress with each other. It’s
a two-fer — we get healthy & keep sane.
- Sonia Sahney Nagar, Co-founder and CEO at
Being a startup founder is a surefire way into a superficial
life of bipolar ups and downs. one day you’re the flyswatter
the other day you’re the fly. Scotch helps.
- Danny Boice, CTO and Co-founder at
8) Perspective and Reflection
I usually spend a half an hour in the morning reading a travel
book. Right now I’m reading, The Conde Nast Traveler
Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Great Writers on Great
Places. It helps put what we are trying to do in
perspective. Every weekend I try to do a “reset” where I
think back on the past week (thank the hell out of everyone who
helped and everything we accomplished) and center myself on how to
do it again next week. Perseverance is paramount.
- Pete Stam, Co-founder and Managing Director
9) Strategic Workout Scheduling
I don’t have set times that I work out during the day. Instead,
I use them strategically to stave off cognitive burnout. If I feel
my mind failing to fire as quickly or efficiently as I want, or I
feel as though my attention span is shorter and I’m starting to get
sidetracked, I go work out. This happens twice a day on
- Travis Steffen, Founder at WorkoutBOX.com
10) Frankenstein Smoothie
I usually don’t have time to eat a full breakfast so I grab my
“Nutribullet” and throw in vegetables, fruits, quinoa and some
water and blend it up to something I can drink before I get to the
office. Gives a natural boost and fills you up for half the
- Keval Mehta, Founder at INRFoods
11) Getting-Ready-For-the-Day Moment of Silence
I take my time waking up. I open my eyes, think about my day
(sometimes reaching for my phone to look at the calendar) and think
about what outcome I want at the end of my day. What will make me
happy? And then I briefly plan what pieces I will need to have in
placeshift to achieve this sense of happiness. If I am dreading
the day or fearing a frog (some task or activity I am not looking
forward to) this moment of silence helps me build the strength to
launch myself in the day with energy. It is also really nice
to just soak in the silence and still ness of the morning before
launching into the flurry of the day’s activities.
- Zainab Zaki, COO at TappedIn
12) Breathe deeply!
Whenever I feel stressed or overwhelmed, I stop and make a
conscious effort to breathe deeply, through my diaphragm, for 5-10
breaths to relieve tense muscles and reset to a calmer frame of
- Lea Woodward Founder at Startup
13) Block 1 hour day for exercise
Every Sunday, I schedule an hour/per day of exercise for the
next week. I try to sign up for classes, because then I’m committed
and have the financial consequence embedded. This helps me stay
healthy, positive and by blocking the time in advance, it helps to
make it happen.
- Sarah Schupp, CEO and Founder at
Install a pull-up bar in your office door way. Every time you
come or go, crank out as many pull-ups as you can.
- Shane Adams, Founder and CEO at Sagacious
15) Cage Fighting
I train MMA every single day at Disciple MMA in Sterling.
It’s the most analogous sport to founding a startup
around. The rules are few and far between. It’s
often boils down to who can hold their breath the longest.
And no matter which way it goes it’s bloody.
- Danny Boice, CTO and
Co-founder at Speek
16) Regular Yoga Practice
I started practicing yoga about 1.5 years ago and it’s been life
changing. As entrepreneurs it’s easy to spend endless hours
in a chair stooped over a laptop. Regular yoga practice keeps the
blood flowing and helps with posture and relieving stress in a huge
- Patrick Conley, CEO and Founder at
17) Afternoon Explosion
After sitting in a chair for 7 hours straight, there is no way I
continue to be happy and productive without physical exertion. A
run by the east river and 30 minute weight lifting session
reenergizes my brain and puts a smile on my face.
- Russell Kommer, Executive Director at
18) Get a dog
Having a dog encourages me to get up and go on a walk several
times a day and at routine intervals. If you’re going from not
exercising at all to wanting to do something, having a dog
practically forces you to start.
- Wade Foster, Co-founder at Zapier
19) Work Hours
I set and stick to hard start and stop times during my work day.
My brain runs 24/7 but my body doesn’t and by setting hours I
ensure my body rests enough to keep my brain sharp.
- Mike Hostetler, CEO at appendTo
20) Mind Games
Every morning before I start work I try to spend 15 minutes on
Lumosity.com “brain training” through a series of games that are
fun and help me feel more alert and focused. Couple this with a
good physical exercise and diet routine, and you’ve got
a formula to be an entrepreneurial power house!
- Joel Holland, Founder and CEO at
One of the most efficient ways I’ve found to get the nutrients I
need is to stock up on dark leafy greens and fruit – and then blend
them (having a vitamix helps but is not required). Its an easy way
to ensure getting at least one healthy meal in each day.
- Jen Consalvo, COO at Tech Cocktail
22) Write Handwritten Thank You Notes
At least once a week, sit down and write a thank you note. Even
if nothing especially worthy of a thank you note happened, send a
letter telling someone how much you appreciate the work they do or
how much they mean to you. It will not only make someone else’s
day, but also will help you remain grateful and grounded, both of
which are essential for a lifetime of health and happiness.
- Alexis Wolfer, Founder and Editor in
Chief at TheBeautyBean.com
23) Reclaim 20-30 minutes per morning
Every morning I reserve 20-30 minutes (minimum) from the day.
Check RunKeeper – is there a specific workout reminder? If not,
roll the Metolius simulator board into quick circuit session.
- Derek Punsalan, Co-founder and UI
designer at 47
24) Daily Endurance Exercise
I awake at 5:00am every morning and do some form of endurance
athletic activity, either swimming, biking, running or weight
training. Although I don’t have the time to commit to getting back
into Ironman triathlon conditioning, I find even just thirty
minutes of activity a great way to come into the office refreshed
for the day ahead. I also try to put a handful of races on the
calendar to give me something to work towards – be it as short as a
5K race with colleagues or my fiancé or as long as a marathon in
early summer or late fall.
- Ryan Frankel, Co-founder and CEO at
25) Find An Outlet
No, not a power outlet though I do advise keeping your phone
charged. Find an outlet to blow off steam whether it be working out
in the gym regularly, yoga, playing an instrument or meditation.
Find something that makes you happy and takes your mind off
your work. Ideally it also gets some blood flowing to help burn off
some calories and releases endorphins.
- Frank Gruber, Co-founder and CEO at Tech Cocktail
26) Resetting the mind
I make sure to get in a good grinder at Crossfit 3-4 times a
week to reset the mind and bring my focus to the present. I
am also very protective of my sleep and try to get 7-8 hours a
night to allow for good solid restoration.
- David Cohen, VP at Round Table
27) Dump the TV
I avoid the television and everything pumped through it like the
plague. It keeps my head clear and focused on what makes me happy
and reduces stress.
- Chad Halvorson, CEO at thisCLICKS
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