Jason Oppenheim reveals his secret to staying focused and productive

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Being an entrepreneur is not an easy task. When you choose the path of being self-sufficient in business, the only person you can blame for your failures is yourself. The entrepreneurial lifestyle requires a great deal of patience, perseverance, and most of all, focus. Sometimes this leaves little or no energy to prioritize the most important parts of life, like our physical and mental well-being.



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Science shows that when we prioritize our physical well-being, it correlates with being able to focus better on our work while also increasing our mental abilities and well-being. That’s why it’s so important to focus on staying fit no matter how busy work gets.

An entrepreneur reaping the benefits of staying physically healthy is Jason Oppenheim. Oppenheim juggles the responsibilities of owning The Oppenheim Group real estate conglomerate while being actively involved in filming and producing the popular Netflix series, “Selling Sunset.” Despite her busy schedule of back-to-back meetings, calls and time on set, Oppenheim prioritizes his physical well-being above all else.

I had the opportunity to speak with Jason Oppenheim as he provided insight into how he stays focused at work during his busy schedule while also taking care of his physical health.

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Exercise at least 30 minutes a day

Making time to be active every day benefits your brain in many different ways. Regular exercise is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce ADHD symptoms and improve concentration, motivation, memory, and mood.

Studies show that every time you move your body, a number of beneficial neurotransmitters, including dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and acetylcholine, are released in your brain. An organized review published in the journal, Translational Sports Medicinefound that it only takes two minutes of exercise to temporarily stimulate memory and brain function in general.

For Jason Oppenheim, 30 minutes in the gym, four or five times a week, is all he needs to stay focused and fit. “I do quick workouts, maybe 10 to 12 sets, and I get out of the gym pretty quickly,” Oppenheim explained. Consistency is key to staying fit. “You have to keep your mind and body focused. Almost every time I get cranky it’s usually because I’m not exercising,” Oppenheim said. Being close has also been a game changer for Oppenheim, who walks 100 feet to a building next to his office to work out.

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It’s about when you eat, not what you eat

For Jason, his secret to staying slim isn’t attributed to his diet, but to limiting the number of times he eats: twice in a typical day. “I pretty much eat what I want. I don’t think anyone calls my eating habits impressive or healthy. I eat twice a day and that’s what keeps me skinny,” Oppenheim explained.

While Jason’s diet might not be what you’d expect a fit person’s diet to be, his discipline of eating only twice a day allows him to gradually fast while maintaining a daily calorie deficit. In this case, it’s about when he eats, not what he eats. Jason eats lunch and dinner, looking forward to a morning breakfast.

Intermittent fasting is a popular method of burning fat. If you don’t eat for 10 to 16 hours, your body will draw on your fat stores for energy, burning fat at a faster rate. And while this method works for Jason, it might not be for everyone. Mayo Clinic says, Intermittent fasting is safe for many people, but not everyone. Skipping meals may not be the best way to control your weight if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.”

Being strict about when you eat and allowing your body to go through periods without eating may seem difficult at first, but doing so will help you stay lean.

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don’t be overwhelmed

Another important part of Jason Oppenheim’s consistency is avoiding becoming overwhelmed as he pushes himself to exercise. “I go to the gym quickly. I don’t make it an overwhelming experience for me. For me, I just want to check the box. I make the most of it,” Oppenheim said.

There’s nothing wrong with keeping your workout short. Doing so allows Oppenheim more time to work while he continues to care for his body. “Leave the office and be back within 35 minutes,” explains Oppenheim.

final thoughts

Focusing on keeping your mind and body healthy is vital to being successful as an entrepreneur. If you are not physically or mentally healthy, the stresses of life and business can begin to unravel.

In the case of Jason Oppenheim, he doesn’t go overboard: he does just enough to see results. For example, even though he’s not in the gym for a very long time, he makes sure he’s there long enough to reap the benefits of staying active. He doesn’t need to spend hours in the gym, just an hour or so a day of being active can make a difference. Oppenheim admitted that his diet isn’t surprising, but his choice to fast and limit his eating makes up for it all.

There is a time limit in a day, and a busy schedule can make it challenging to prioritize our own well-being. Entrepreneurship demands long hours, late nights, early risers and an enormous amount of time and energy. But it’s the little daily sacrifices to take care of your body that will go a long way to boosting productivity and overall mood, all while sharpening focus. It is scientifically proven.

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