For Busy Executives… The Secrets to Staying Fit and Healthy

A day in the life of a busy executive consists mainly of a long to-do list, replying emails, dealing with clients and deadlines, and trying to get the most out of his team. With such a busy schedule, it’s easy to conclude there’s no time for anything outside of work. But nothing gets more important than your personal health, not even your work.  In fact, the survival of your organization depends on you being physically and mentally fit.  So, even if you don’t realize or admit it, you do have time and an obligation to keep healthy and sharp. It’s not really as daunting as you may think.

Eat breakfast regularly

After a long night of sleep, your body needs the energy you get from a breakfast. It’s a “fast” that you “break” in the morning. Make it a healthy meal daily with lots of protein such as eggs, milk and cereal for keep you energized for long. Pack a nutritious lunch too to take with you for mid-day and afternoon snacks.

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables daily

Eating a rich and regular diet of fruits and vegetables highly reduces your risks obesity, cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. You will look also look fit and energized to take on any mental or physical tasks.

Don’t skip meals

It’s tempting to skip meals when you’re busy. But this can be counterproductive for your health, physical shape and productivity levels at work.  It can also lead to unstable sugar levels, and a temptation to munch on unhealthy snacks by midday when you naturally begin to feel hungry. It’s important you make a habit of eating every 3 to 4 hours.

Sleep smart

Make sure you clock 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily. Lack of adequate sleep will lead to weight gain, low energy and a grumpy attitude. And if you skip a whole night or several hours of sleep, you may become a risk to other road users if you’re driving as it would be akin to drunk driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08.

Build a culture of health and fitness at work

It’s an open secret that everyone needs a good work structure, management and welfare program are big motivators for high volume and quality of work. But equally or even more important is a great environment. The average worker today spends a larger chunk of his day at work, and it’s only wise to utilize the work environment to keep fit and healthy in the best way possible. Building a culture of health and fitness with a community of like-minded co-workers help provide the network of support each person needs to meet their fitness goals.

Manage stress better

You don’t have to always keep yourself buried in work to meet some targets. Take wellness breaks at interval to refresh your mind and regain energy and encourage your team to do the same. Don’t overwork yourself; and leave work at a reasonable hour. Take your well deserved vacation and switch off work as much as possible. Set an example for your team that there’s life beyond work.

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