Improving your physical energy: Eat. Sleep. Do your weekly sports.
Your physical energy is the manifestation of lifestyle choices you have made for yourself. When you properly nourish your body, get enough hours of sleep, regularly engage in outdoor activities, sports and time in nature, you do become more physically energized–young and vital if you will.
It’s easy to say you “don’t have time” and opt for cheap, fake food and skip exercising for a while. While indeed there are periods when you wish the day had 28 hours to do all you want to do and replenish yourself, is there anything that stops you from taking care of yourself when you do have the time?
The four “imperatives” for restoring your physical energy may sound familiar to you, and their benefits are explored in a countless number of scientific studies: Eat. Sleep. Do your weekly sports. (Re)connect with nature.
- You are what you eat. Avoid being one of the two billion people around the world who are obese and overweight. But also know that a healthy diet is not only about cutting down fatty foods. At peak season at work you need a well-functioning brain, therefore help yourself with foods rich in antioxidants such as apples, berries, beans, etc.
- The adult human body is 60% water so keeping your body well hydrated is also key. Good to know: studies have linked dehydration with poor decision-making.
- Sports? Exercising stimulates brain chemicals associated with feeling happier and more relaxed. Sleeping improves with sports. The heart and lungs become stronger. Stress reduces and confidence increases. Doing sports can even enhance leadership skills.
- To resolve sleep deprivation, try sports and nature, or if you still freak out at the idea that it’s already midnight and you are brain is running hundreds of miles an hour, hide the clock, cool the room, dig your nose in a book for 20 minutes or try if the 4-7-8 method works for you. Sleep deprivation can affect everything: from the way you think, work and learn, to how you interact with others, including your bosses and colleagues. It’s only during our sleep time that our bodies work to preserve healthy brain and body functions.
You already know it’s not impossible to maintain a healthy lifestyle even though your schedule might be busy. In the comments below, feel free to share a healthy lifestyle practice that has worked for you personally.
It is becoming well known that doing sports and working out is a necessary part of your well-being. No matter how busy is your day, I strongly believe there is at least 30 minutes or an hour you can devote to some physical exercise. It is of key importance that you find something that makes you happy so that the ‘’assignment’’ actually turns into ‘’play time.’’ Playing basketball or tennis can turn into a very healthy and socializing habit, while on the other hand running or swimming can become your most thought inspiring moments of the day. It is crucial that once you start you turn it into a habit, where no excuse is good enough to break it, for once you break it you will do it again, and again and again, and what was supposed to be a habit will turn into sporadic nonsense that will surely show on your behavior, stress levels and productivity. – Tilen from Quintaum
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