Awards & Engraving

January '20

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You can see yourself in some of these honest comments just how important regular exercise is. WE ALL DEAL WITH THE SAME THINGS As businesspeople in the custom imaging industry, we all deal with the same stresses: customers who always want their products immediately or "yesterday" when we are busy with other customers that also want their products rushed. We create items that positively affect real people, and since they are custom, mistakes are not allowed. But since we are all human, mistakes do happen. Those stresses build up, and we need a way to "purge" them in a healthy way and not hold them inside, or worse, take them out on customers or our loved ones. We can also be so strapped for time that we don't have a lot of time to reflect on our business. Scheduling exercise can be that time to reflect or clear your mind. This business relies on creativity, so you need your brain functioning at its most creative. Exercise helps keep you clear- headed and able to make good decisions for your business. There are a lot of different activities you can do. You can go to a gym for sched- uled workouts, do yoga, ride a bike, take your dog for a brisk walk, or endless other activities. Some people here had examples of walking up and down stairs during the day. Any activity is great, but you have to do something. Taking breaks from your workday and walking some stairs can be a great way to exercise during the day. Find something that works for you. If you schedule time in your day for regular exercise, you may save yourself time in the long run because you will be more productive when you work. Do it for yourself and do it for the better- ment of your business. Start today. If I just take the time to step away, have a small break, and get back to it, I tend to feel less stress, have a clearer mind. Me out on a bike ride on a crisp fall evening. You don't have to be an avid bike rider to get your needed exercise — even consistent walks up and down stairs help. IMAGE COURTESY KEVIN LUMBERG A&E A&E JANUARY 2020 • a-e-mag.com 71

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