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Take Care of You! 3 Healthy Habits = Career Success

Posted by on May 2, 2012

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Career SuccessSometimes it seems like health and fitness is all anyone’s talking about. Sure, Americans as a whole aren’t nearly as healthy as we should be. But what can be done? We seem to have all the advantages: we know that exercise, a wholesome diet, and work-life balance are all keys to good health. So why are so many of us overweight, stressed out, unhappy and unhealthy?

There are so many answers to these questions, including such challenges as no time, lack of motivation, boring exercise routines, poor food choices, high stress, overcommitment, and so on. While I can’t pinpoint the exact reasons you may not be at your peak, I can tell you why healthy habits = career success! It’s tough out there, so give yourself an edge…

1. Exercise

Let’s start with a major health issue most Americans face: lack of exercise. We’ve all been told how important it is to “get moving!” We know it’s true, but how will more exercise help your career? I mean, it’s hard to find time in your busy workday for a workout routine—so there had better be some good reasons! Here are a few reasons to exercise:

  • Improves brain function: alertness, concentration
  • Helps to control stress: endorphins
  • Supports heart health: cardiovascular
  • Helps you reach and maintain a healthy weight: muscle to fat ratio

Now who wouldn’t want all this? Not to mention that all these things will make it easier to get up each day with a fresh outlook so you can go achieve all your goals and more. What company wouldn’t want their employees to be alert, happy, healthy, and in great shape? You can use exercise to your advantage in so many ways!

2. Wholesome Diet

Here’s another big challenge: getting the right food into your body. Why is it so hard? There’s a long list of reasons, but we all know we should eat right. This is a major part of your overall health. We’ve all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat!”

A few ways a wholesome diet can help your career:

  • Makes you look younger: antioxidants, vitamins, essential nutrients
  • Keeps your immune system in balance: healthy digestion + see above
  • Supports brain function: omega-3s, lean protein
  • Battles fatigue: good nutrition = energy

Everyone wants to look younger, so that’s a no-brainer! Healthy eating can minimize sick days by giving your immune system the boost it needs, and your brain is crying out for the building blocks of cell growth and maintenance in order to give you that competitive advantage. I think we all know how hard it is to maintain our energy throughout the workday when you’re hungry, so why not choose healthy foods while you’re at it?

3. Work-Life Balance

It’s almost a cliche now. What is this magical thing? It simply means getting your priorities in order. Each person’s definition of work-life balance is unique, and you probably know what yours is. Achieving it is difficult to say the least, with so many demands on our time. With that project deadline looming, the emails flying in, kids’ soccer games, and wondering what’s for dinner, it seems impossible that we could find balance in this crazy-hectic world. If you prioritize well, though, here are some ways work-life balance can improve your career:

  • Minimizes stress: balanced commitments, important stuff first
  • Diminishes distractions: be “present” at work and at home
  • Provides fresh perspectives: varying activities = new viewpoints
  • Improves sense of well-being: caring for you, caring for others

Prioritizing commitments means you can be organized and efficient in whatever you do, creating an aura of calm. Unnecessary distractions melt away and you can focus on the moment. Making sure you don’t get buried in any one aspect of your life creates new pathways in your brain, allowing creativity to flourish, and who couldn’t use a little more of that? The bottom line is, you will feel in control! That feeling will translate to everything you do, and your confidence will be obvious to those around you.

There are so many ways these 3 healthy habits can create career success (and an awesome life), I couldn’t possibly list them all here. Who knows? You might discover a few no one has thought of!

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