#034: How Gym Owners can Build Work/Life Balance into their Day

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#034: How Gym Owners can Build Work/Life Balance into their Day

Are you living a double-life? Are you teaching your members to live a healthy and well-balanced life, but in the shadows you’re way overworked, not sleeping enough, not consistently training, and eating over the trashcan like a rat?

This Friday, we interview Ashleigh VanHouten – a writer, editor, Primal Health Coach, and host of Paleo Magazine Radio who has mastered the work/life balance. This admittedly isn’t an easy thing to do in our profession which sounds ironic but unfortunately, it’s true.

If this all resonates with you or you have coaches that aren’t walking the talk, this is a show you’re going to want to tune into because we all know, when you’re healthy, you can do your job better and the best way to help others be healthier is to live by example.

Join us every Friday at 10 a.m. PT on The Network where we’ll be airing live. Be sure to stick around for the live Q&A session at the end of the show so we can answer any questions you have.

This show was recorded live in The Network on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

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6:00 Why gym owners have a difficult time with work/life balance

Generally, people who get into the fitness industry do it because they strive to help others get in shape and live better – and when you’re so dedicated to service, sometimes we feel as if it’s almost selfish to prioritize your own health. This is a common issue in our industry and gym owners are no exception.

Being a good role model may be the most pragmatic way to shift your mindset from martyr to someone who walks the talk. Being a living example of what you teach IS the most effective way to inspire people to do the same so it makes quite a lot of sense in terms of helping you achieve your mission of serving your community

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11:00 Productivity and balance is more impressive than the busy hustle

It’s easy to clutter your life, but if you can program your life so you have time and relaxation – that should be the goal for everyone. Again, it comes back to being a living example of what you hope for your members.

The mental framing. Is success being busy every second of the day? Or is it feeling balance?

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14:00 Tips for gym owners to build in more balance into their days

Even professionals need professional help. Employ someone who’s your own coach when you need a support system, someone to bounce ideas off of, and need laser focus. Investing in someone who can help you sort your life out can be a priceless purchase. You might not need it forever, but there are particular seasons of entrepreneurship where you can see radical improvements with a coach of some sorts.

Time block. Schedule time for yourself in your day – especially in the morning. You’re putting the inertia into your power and not starting the day off with being reactive to everything from the start. For more info on time blocking, check out this show we dedicated to the topic. 

Read Deep Work. An awesome book by Cal Halrod, Deep Work is a must-read for anyone but especially for business owners who feel frazzled during the work week.

Set boundaries. People do respect boundaries if you set them in a clear, calm, and straightforward way. The problem is, most people don’t know what your boundaries are. Who’s fault is that? Practice saying no to more for others and yes to more time for you.

You don’t need to workout as much as you used to. Training intelligently, you can workout a lot less than you need to. You won’t lose all of your muscle – you know that’s true. Take a step back and think about what’s important: stress management, sleep, good nutrition, then you can work your training in.

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Jessica Depatie About the author

Jessica is the marketing maven here at Gymwright. She's a business consultant and holistic marketer for fitness businesses. She specializes in the decision-making psychology of what makes everyday people want to optimize themselves. She dives deep into how people seek out growth in the pursuit of living happier and healthier.

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