Five Smart Ways For Busy People To Stay Healthy
If you're not taking care of yourself, it's hard to perform well. That's why your health is closely tied to your success, both personally and professionally. When you take excellent care of yourself, you feel excellent, which makes you a more productive, creative and high-performing person. Still, even the most successful and diligent people neglect their health sometimes. It's easy to become overloaded and fail to take all the steps necessary for good health.
Simon Slade, CEO and co-founder of Affiliorama, says there are some easy ways to quickly get back on track and stay healthy, even when your schedule is jam-packed. We discuss his five tips in this issue of Promotional Consultant Today.
1. Think outside the box. Many people get caught up in one activity for exercise and one idea about what exercise looks like. If you've always been a runner, it might not occur to you to drop into a dance class during your lunch break. If you are dedicated to the gym, you might not realize that your office is the perfect place for a quick round of crunches or some yoga. There are plenty of ways to exercise. Slade says that even little changes, like upping your daily step count by taking the stairs or parking further away from the entrance to your building, can improve your general health.
2. Don't fear shortcuts. A home-cooked meal with fresh ingredients is always the gold standard, but it isn't always possible. Luckily, we live in a time where you can eat healthy with frozen foods and a microwave. Just because you weren't able to prepare a whole week's worth of healthy meals doesn't mean your diet has to fall apart with fast food. Stock up on frozen veggies and keep a selection of healthy snacks in your desk drawer. The growing industry of healthy meal services, like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, are also excellent options for busy people.
3. Do your research. There's a wealth of resources for workouts and diets to fit almost any schedule and budget. In the era of telecommuting and remote work, everyone's life looks a little different. Less of the workforce is living the traditional, in-office, 9-5 week. Health is an ongoing conversation, and there are so many different ways to keep your body in top working order. Even if you have a decent arrangement now with healthy food and exercise in your daily life, there are probably ways you could improve. Continue to read and learn about health studies, exercise and diet trends. While not every fad should be followed, Slade encourages leaders to stay abreast of new trends.
4. Don't forget your mind. Health is not exclusively a physical concept. Mental health , especially for those of us with packed schedules, is a very important and often-overlooked component of overall health. We all know the importance of a good night's sleep, and Slade asserts that daily downtime is just as important. Allow your mind time to rest and play-this might mean trying your hand at guided meditation, reading a just-for-fun book or writing in a journal. The mind thrives in an environment where it's not too task-oriented, Slade notes.
5. Outsource. If your schedule really challenges your ability to stay healthy, you need to check your priorities. What can you give up or outsource? Just offloading the smallest thing—hiring a laundry or meal service or house cleaner, even once a month—can create a remarkable amount of time in your schedule.
When you're hyper-busy, it's not always easy to find time to take care of yourself. If your schedule feels out of hand, use the tips above to stay healthy.
Source: Simon Slade is CEO and co-founder of Affilorama, an affiliate marketing training portal with over 100 free video lessons. Slade provides education and resources for e-commerce professionals to start their own businesses and achieve occupational independence.