By Walter Lewis
Besides being unmotivated to get healthy, lack of time for exercise is the common excuse I hear for why most busy professionals struggle to get in shape. Due to a 40 to 60 hour workweek, family and/or other responsibilities, that leaves most with little time to spare for exercise, right? Wrong. While it is understandable that time is limited, it is inexcusable to put your health on the back burner. Not only will being sedentary lead to health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, low energy, depression, stroke, and heart disease; but could also lead to poor job performance and being ineffective at work. If you want to increase your chances of maintaining outstanding performance in a stressful job, staying highly productive and effective under pressure, increase your chances for promotion, and become a more valuable asset to your employer, you have to incorporate time-saving healthy habits. In the new book with co-author Dr. Katy Stearns, we share strategies and solutions on how to overcome sabotaging eating behaviors and inconsistent exercise habits, and how to maximize the little time you have to achieve optimal health and fitness. Book is coming this fall. Stay tuned for more details.
If you are a busy professional, and want to become more valuable to your employer and increase chances for a promotion, work on having excellent health. Here’s how to get started on the road to becoming a healthy and effective employee.
- Self-assess your health and your current skill set.
Before you can become a high performer at work, you have to be honest with assessing your current health and skill set. Do you have health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, or others that interfere with you being consistent in performing well daily? If so, consider hiring a trainer or joining group class to improve your health. At a minimum, start walking 10,000 steps per day. Consider investing more time into training and reading more to become an expert at your job.
- Stop Calling Out and Arrive to Work on Time Everyday. Getting to work on time doesn’t require talent or skill. It just requires effort and commitment. Periodically being absent from work or late because of a sick child, or unexpected emergency is understandable. But if you are constantly missing work and regularly late because you didn’t feel like it, you are making excuses. Making your health better will improve your quality of sleep, mindset about work, and effort in being punctual.
- Eat for Energy, Results, and High Job Performance. If you are experiencing low energy at work daily, and/or don’t like the way your body looks; it could be because you are not eating foods that give you energy and perform well on the job, or the foods that help improve your physique. If you are eating foods such as donuts, bacon, sausage, and other high calorie fattening foods, you are going to experience low energy which will affect your job performance and energy. Consider eating high energy foods that will help you maintain your productivity throughout your busy work day. Click on the following link to see the top 10 high energy foods.