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To Your Health

Is your business killing you? How to break your bad habits and pick up better ones.

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This story appears in the October 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's safe to assume that you're pretty fond of your business. It's the salt on your pretzel, the sand on your beach, the water in your garden. It's what makes you tick. It ought to make you tick; after all, you've likely thrown yourself into it, body and soul, just for the wonderful feeling of being an entrepreneur and growing something from a mere seedling into a strong, healthy plant. What you might not realize is while your plant is busy getting strong and healthy, it could be killing you.

"Entrepreneurs are at a very high risk of compromising their health because of their jobs," says Gayle Reichler, founder and president of New York city wellness firm Active Wellness. "A lot of us feel we're invincible; we work long hours and feel it, but we keep driving and driving, and pushing and pushing. But it's critical for entrepreneurs to work [wellness] into their routines."

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