According to a survey of 1300 corporate managers, 75% of them said that staying healthy and fit is “critical for success at the executive level.” And it makes sense, right?
More energy, greater focus, and a heightened level of discipline as a result of a healthier lifestyle will improve your productivity in business. Your health is key to success in business. Obviously, we all want to be healthier, but it’s easier said than done.
The most effective way to get healthier is to slowly incorporate healthy behaviors into your routine, and focus on maintaining consistency.
Your Health Is Key to Success in Business
Get Some Sleep!
A comprehensive 2010 study observed over 4,000 workers from several large American corporations. Workers who suffered from insufficient sleep experienced the steepest productivity losses, spending a large portion of their day on time management alone. Furthermore, a Harvard research study reported sleep deprivation alone accounts for the loss of $63.2 billion dollars of productivity in the United States each year. So, if you want to improve your sleep for the sake of your productivity, follow these tips!
- Create a Sleep Schedule. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day—even on the weekends. If you can’t help but sleep in on the weekends, try to limit it to an extra 2-3 hours.
- Create a Bedtime Routine. Try doing something relaxing in the hour before bed, like listening to soft instrumental music, taking a bath, or doing yoga.
- Reduce Artificial Light. Your body clock is affected by light, so turn off (or at least dim) lamps and LCD screens at least an hour before bed.
A regular exercise plan is critical to a healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, incorporating exercise into your daily routine doesn’t involve getting an expensive gym membership. According to the American Heart Association, 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week is pivotal to your overall health. You could do 30 minutes of…
- Fast walking
- Jogging or running
- Cross-country skiing
Clean Up Your Diet
Unfortunately, those on a junk diet sooner or later will experience fatigue and health issues related to obesity. Hence, it’s crucial to clean up your diet. It’s best to consult a nutritionist to understand what your body needs and the most efficient and effective way to provide it. While you’re waiting on that appointment, you can choose 2-3 of the following habits to slowly incorporate into your diet.
- Eat less sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts.
- Eat less white bread, rice, and pasta (made from refined grains).
- Eat breakfast every day.
- Choose fresh fruit more often than fruit juice.
- Keep a food diary.
- Don’t keep many unhealthy foods in your home.
- Drink a sufficient amount of water each day (You can use a water calculator to figure out how much you need).
Now you know that sleep, diet, and exercise all directly affect your health, brain function, and overall productivity and focus in your career. Will you improve your health for the sake of your business? Making these changes will not only promote mental and physical health, but it will also ensure that you succeed.