All successful people have self-discipline and are consistent in their behaviours, says Juanita Khumalo, a fitness and wellness influencer. “You are what you consistently and repeatedly do.”
Khumalo says she admires fitness individuals because “they are some of the most mentally strong people I’ve encountered in my journey.”
According to her successful people like fitness individuals will, whether it’s a financial or fitness goal, keep their goal in mind. “You won’t necessarily see results immediately, however you need to always remember why you started and keep the end goal in mind.”
Khumalo, who offers wellness days and group exercises to businesses to promote health and wellness, encourages her fan base to exercise and eat healthy, because her fitness journey became her coping mechanism after she experienced a burn out last year.
According to her, there’s a direct correlation between exercise and productivity. “It helps you handle pressure and stress better. Through exercise you release endorphins and serotonin into your body which help increase your mood and helps you stay focused. Exercise helps you have more energy which is very beneficial for clearer decision making.
“You need to be mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally fit in order to perform at your personal best in any sphere of your life.”
In an interview with SME South Africa, Erika Kruger, a workplace wellness consultant, says entrepreneurs should care as much about their well-being as they do about the financial and operational aspects of their companies. “To achieve this, have wellness as an objective to your strategy.”
Khumalo exercises five to six days a week and says what you eat also has an impact on your mood and energy levels. “Eating healthy does not entail starving yourself and being on a highly restrictive diet. I eat 5-6 meals per day which consist of all 3 macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats) essentials for our bodies and health.”
On Twitter, Khumalo started the hashtag #DetoxWithJua where she inspired her followers to regularly post updates on their new habits, especially their healthy meals.
Khumalo’s rule of thumb is to avoid processed foods.
Here are lessons for entrepreneurs on how they can get into healthy habits, which can lead to a productive and less stressful lifestyle.
Get an efficient amount of sleep. Your body and mind will function better the better rested you are.
Develop a routine to suit your lifestyle and stick to it.
Switch off all electronic devices 30 minutes before bedtime or put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode.
Wake up earlier.
Plan and prepare your food in advance.
Pack your gym bag before bedtime.
Be patient with your weight loss journey.