We all strive to stay healthy and fit, but it is never as easy as we’d like to think. Taking the time to work out and exercise at least once throughout the day requires motivation and a wish to succeed; something not everyone has. Once you start working out, you’ll need to push yourself for quite some time. Results don’t come easy and are generally tough to come by unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
You’ll need to adjust your diet, so that means no junk food and proper eating. However, this is just one simple recommendation amongst many. The question is, how can busy business owners manage to pull something like this off?
Well, there’s not a lot you can do on the physical side. Most business owners don’t have the time to go to the gym or workout (except jogging) so what’s the catch? How can you, as a business owner, stay fit and healthy?
There are a couple of things you can do to influence your well-being, and in this article, we’ll help you understand exactly what. So, without further ado, here are 7 health and fitness tips for business owners to stay fit!
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is an essential part of our lives and, without it, we wouldn’t be able to function properly. Sleeping is crucial for your cells, mind, organs, everything. You need a good night’s sleep if your cells are to regenerate, if your mind is to refresh itself, and if your organs are to work with a little less stress.
Science has proven that stress can increase from lack of sleep. Insomnia can also cause anxiety, depression, and a variety of other mental health issues. The truth is, even if you’re extremely busy, you need to make room for sleeping.
If you’re having issues falling asleep, this can be remedied as well. Certain supplements promote healthy sleep, and they’re relatively easy to get. Don’t hold back on your health – get enough sleep every day, and you’ll feel refreshed and prepared to take on another day!
Never Miss Breakfast
People who skip breakfast usually have issues with indigestion and with their metabolism. Did you know that your metabolism can drastically change if you constantly keep skipping breakfast? It’s simple – your body requires food intake in the morning when you wake up (and, therefore, energy). By avoiding giving your body the necessary nutrients, it’ll just require more as time goes by. So, when you finally reach lunch, you’ll be very, very hungry, and will probably eat more than what you’re used to. However, your metabolism hasn’t yet changed, and it won’t be able to deal with the larger food intake.
This will inadvertently cause you to gain weight, instead of losing it (which seems logical since you have one less meal each day). In time, your metabolism will get used to this, and if you suddenly start eating breakfast – you’ll gain weight again. The truth is, you need to have breakfast every day as it’s the only way to stay healthy and keep your body ‘fed’. This was backed up by science.
Snap Coffee For Green Tea
Coffee, although healthy (as it was proved countless times over), has certain disadvantages over green tea. For example, one such negative side of coffee is that it has a specific influence on anxiety. Your anxiety gets worse as you drink coffee.
Since being a business owner is stressful and not that relaxing, the last thing you’d want is to get even more stress.
On the plus side, green tea doesn’t have these issues. It gives you the same (if not better) energy boost while not causing you to get even more stressed out. Oh, there’s one other thing regarding green tea – it doesn’t cause addiction!
Caffeine has been known to be addictive which is why so many people can’t stop drinking coffee instantly. And even though it’s healthy, it’s never good to be addicted to something. So, throw out that coffee machine and start drinking green tea!
Fuel Your Body with Good Quality Foods
Junk food might be tasty and keep you full, but the nutrients it provides are not at all good. See, most junk food doesn’t have anything that would satisfy your body’s needs. Sure, it has a lot of calories, but most of these calories come from saturated fats that increase your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
This is especially dangerous if you sit around all day or end up being stressed for longer periods of time (hence why you, as a business owner, should replace junk food with quality food). Green superfood such as avocado, spinach, kale, and others are your best bet at living a healthy lifestyle.
Working in an unventilated room can be incredibly dangerous due to the spreading of germs and bacteria. If there’s no free airflow in the building you work at (or your business altogether), you need to do something about that.
The only way to stay fresh for a full workday (usually 8 hours) is to have ventilation that would keep airflow open, thus flushing out any unwanted germs and bacteria. Additionally, you could always go outside of the building and breathe in some fresh air.
Eat Regularly Throughout the Day
The downside of working long hours throughout the day is the inability to keep your stomach full (and your body happy). Even one meal skipped on one day can have dangerous effects on you. Remember the breakfast issue we talked about? The same can be applied here. Even though breakfast is claimed to be the most important meal of the day, every other meal is important as well, and by skipping some, you’re risking a lot of negative health issues.
You don’t need more than three meals a day, but make sure they’re rich in every nutrient your body needs (vitamins, protein, fats, etc.).
Get Up & Stretch Every Hour
We’ve all heard doctors say that you shouldn’t be seated through the entire day and there’s a good reason for this. If you sit around all day, your spine gets pressed down by the weight of your body. On top of this, sitting down for prolonged periods of time can cause weight gain (think about it).
To avoid these issues, all you have to do is get up from your chair every hour and stretch for at least 5 minutes. Maybe even take a walk around the office just to be sure.
Joshua is a writer of Detox Organics who loves to write an article on health & fitness. He is always involved in fitness. He believes health is wealth & to stay healthy & for that, we need to have a green superfood along with detox drinks!