Selling Sunset’s Jason Oppenheim Reveals What He Does to Stay Focused and Productive — And It Only Takes 30 Minutes a Day.

Selling Sunset’s Jason Oppenheim Reveals What He Does to Stay Focused and Productive — And It Only Takes 30 Minutes a Day.

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Being an entrepreneur is not an easy task at all. You are the only one responsible for your business failures if you choose to fend for yourself. Entrepreneurship requires patience, perseverance, and, most importantly, focus. Sometimes this leaves little to no energy to prioritize the most important parts of life like our physical and mental wellbeing.

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Science shows that when we prioritize our physical wellbeing, it correlates with being able to focus better on our work while also increasing our mental capabilities and wellbeing. It is important to keep fit, no matter how busy your work schedule may be.

One entrepreneur who reaps the benefits of staying physically healthy is Jason Oppenheim. Oppenheim juggles the responsibilities of owning real estate conglomerate The Oppenheim Group while being active in the recording and production of the highly-popular Netflix series, “Selling Sunset.” Oppenheim is a busy man with back-to-back meetings, calls, and time on set. However, he puts his physical health first.

I got the opportunity to speak with Jason Oppenheim as he offered insight on how he stays focused on work during his busy schedule while being mindful of his physical health.

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Exercise at least 30 minutes a day

Making time to be active daily benefits your brain in so many different ways. Exercising regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of ADHD and improve concentration, motivation, memory and mood. Studies have shown that your brain releases a variety of neurotransmitters every time you move, including dopamine and serotonin. An organized review published in the journal, Translational Sports Medicine, found that it takes only two minutes of exercise to temporarily boost memory and overall brain functions.

For Jason Oppenheim, 30 minutes in the gym, four to five times a week, is all he needs to stay focused and fit. “I do quick workouts, maybe 10 to 12 sets, and I’m out of the gym pretty quickly,” explained Oppenheim. For staying fit, consistency is key. You must keep your mind and body sharp. Oppenheim stated that almost every time he gets into a bad mood, it’s because he’s not working out. Being close in proximity 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 for staying lean isn’t attributed to his diet, but limiting how many times he eats: twice on a typical day. “I eat what I want. My eating habits are not healthy or impressive, so I don’t think anyone would consider them healthy. Oppenheim explained that he eats twice daily and that’s what keeps him lean.

While Jason’s diet may not look like what you would expect for a fit person, his discipline in eating only twice per day allows him to fast incrementally and keep a calorie deficit every day. It’s not about what you eat but when you eat. Jason eats lunch and dinner while avoiding breakfast.

Intermittent fasting is a popular method for burning fat. If you don’t eat for 10-16 hours, your body will go to its fat stores for energy, burning fat at a faster rate. This method works well for Jason, but it may not work for everyone. Mayo Clinic says, intermittent fasting is safe for many people, but it’s not for everyone. If you are pregnant or nursing, skipping meals might not be the best way of managing your weight. Being strict about what you eat and allowing your body to have periods without eating can seem difficult at first but it will help you stay lean.

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Don’t overwhelm yourself

Another important part of Jason Oppenheim’s consistency is staying away from overwhelming himself while making an effort to work out. “I go to the gym quickly. It’s not overwhelming for me. I just want to check the boxes. Oppenheim said that I make the most of it.

There is nothing wrong with keeping your workout brief. Oppenheim can take more time to do his work while still taking care about his body. “Leave the office and come back within 35 minutes,” Oppenheim explains.

Final thoughts

Concentrating on keeping both your mind and body healthy is vital to becoming successful as an entrepreneur. If you’re not physically and mentally healthy, your business and life can become overwhelming.

Jason Oppenheim doesn’t do too much, but he does enough to see results. He makes sure he gets enough exercise, even if he doesn’t go to the gym for a long time. It doesn’t take hours to get fit. Just an hour a day can make a big difference. Oppenheim admitted that his diet isn’t great, but he chooses to eat fast and limit his food intake.

There is only so much time in a day, and a busy schedule can make it challenging to prioritize our own wellbeing. Entrepreneurship requires long hours, late nights, early rises, and a lot of energy and time. It’s the little things that you do every day to take care of yourself that will make a big difference in your productivity and overall mood. They also help you sharpen your focus. It is scientifically proven.

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