Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Janet Huehls, Founder of Exercising Well, LLC., located in Paxton, MA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

My business is Exercising Well, a whole-person health coaching and online program. I created it for anyone looking to enhance their relationship with exercise and enjoy whole-person health. My clients are people who find themselves stuck because their bodies or life changed. I meet them where they are when chronic pain, recovery from an illness, or a life change makes life more stressful and limits their ability to live well and enjoy life.

Tell us about yourself

When I finished my graduate degree in clinical exercise physiology and started my first position in a cardiac rehabilitation facility, I was convinced the great information I had to share was enough to motivate patients to make exercise part of their lives. I quickly realized the challenges with an exercise run deep, and knowing what to do is not enough I trained and obtained certification as a health and well-being coach, which gave me a science-based method of helping clients gain self-motivation skills.

However, it was when I experienced anxiety after having my first child that everything really came together. I started practicing mindful self-compassion when I exercised and experienced whole person health on a new level. As I shared how to use this mindful, kind, science-based approach to exercise with patients, they were able to transform exercise from a task to a form of whole-person self-care.

I started Exercising Well to provide a user-friendly way to use this approach and make it available to more people. I am motivated every day as I witness the ripple effect of this approach in all areas of clients' lives from the inside out. I see them restore belief in their bodies and themselves and enjoy their work, family, and hobbies again with inner confidence.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is staying true to what I believe and not giving up. It has been a slow, gradual growth while balancing raising a family and working two part-time jobs. Whenever I thought of giving up, my gut told me that was not an option. Now I am seeing my business grow in ways I never imagined, and it is satisfying on a very deep and personal level.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Staying clear and focused on what you know is most important with all the pulls for your time, energy, and resources.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Follow your passion. If it brings you joy, know that it's something the world needs, and you deserve to be paid to do it.
  2. Enjoy the process as you work toward goals. Recognize the joy you find in your mission every day.
  3. You will get the greatest ROI by investing your time and energy in the things that do bring you joy and by building a team of professionals who enjoy doing the things that don't bring you joy.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

As a business owner, you are the owner of your passion. That passion lives in your whole person. Take care of your whole person each day so each part of you can work together as it's designed for you, and thus your business, to thrive.

Where can people find you and your business?


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