Entrepreneurs lead healthier lives

By Shayna Brouker • Published: February 11th, 2013
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

Entrepreneurs have the benefit of working for themselves, setting their own schedule and earning their own paycheck. Not only do they answer to no one but themselves, new research shows they may also make fewer visits to do the doctor’s office. A new Gallup report shows that they’re less likely to have chronic diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure compared with regular office worker bees.

The poll suggests entrepreneurs translate their drive and discipline into their overall lifestyle, making a habit out of eating fresh fruits and veggies and exercising regularly. Their flexible schedules might allow more time for sweat sessions. In fact, 60 percent of entrepreneurs said they worked out for 30 minutes at least three times a week, compared with just 54 percent of office workers. What’s more, past studies have shown that employees who have more control over their schedule and workplace enjoy better job satisfaction, feel more loyal to their organization and enjoy better health overall.

The study found one major difference, though: One in four self-employed people didn’t have health insurance, compared to just one in 10 office workers. So while entrepreneurs may take better care of themselves, they might have a harder time taking care of serious medical issues.

But no matter where or who you work for, taking control of and maintaining a healthy work environment can make a difference in your health. After all, you spend at least 40 hours on the clock. A comfortable chair is a must to protect your back, and be sure to take regular standing or walking breaks to ensure better blood flow. Keep antibacterial wipes handy to keep your keyboard and desk clean. Last, stash healthy snacks nearby to avoid the siren call of the vending machine when the afternoon slump hits.