In the corporate world, professionals will push to succeed at all costs, you will stay up late, work long hours, go further and push yourself harder than anyone else striving for success. ‘You have to live a life most won’t for several years to later live a life most can’t.’ However, this mentality means you will sacrifice your personal relationships, social life, happiness and ultimately health. Today, I am going to talk about why being healthier makes you more successful.
More and more people under 40 are suffering heart attacks and strokes, with high blood pressure and a poor diet being the number one priority. Being fit and healthy not only improves our health but also our earning potential: healthy eating and exercise can boost productivity and energy, accelerates how fast our brain processes decisions, helps us sleep and most importantly keeps sedentary related illnesses away. Richard Branson was famously asked, “What is your number one tip for success?”, his response, “Work out.”
Following the correct training plan can also help improve productivity. Following an intense bout of training, alertness, mood and energy levels stay raised for several hours. Exercise has also been shown to reduce anxiety and stress which in turn will give you mental clarity.
Food is also very important, what we fuel our body with effects our neural responses. Working with busy executives the majority of them followed the same daily pattern: wake up early after a poor night sleep, grab breakfast on the go along with a coffee. The morning is spent working or in meetings, lunch is something quick or skipped, the afternoon is spent working and drinking coffee and this continues on into the evenings. Skipping meals and eating nutrient poor foods deprive our brain of glucose (which the brain needs to function optimally). Following the correct nutrition plan that contains plenty of lean carbs and low GI carbs gives us a steady release of energy and glucose, which benefits the brain.
Following the correct training plan can also help improve productivity. Following an intense bout of training, alertness, mood and energy levels stay raised for several hours.
With big responsibility comes a lot of stress and anxiety. Once we start getting our emotions involved its game over, this will lead to poor decision making. Tiredness ensues and we reach for coffee and/or energy drinks with the irony being stimulants like these overtime lead to increases in the stress hormone cortisol. Health consequences associated with chronic stress include increased belly fat, poor immune system, poor sleep, adrenal fatigue and burnout.
There have been countless studies over the years showing a good exercise programme and eating nutrient-dense whole foods help lower anxiety, depression and stress levels.
Recent studies show aerobic exercise increases the volume of the hippocampus – the part of the brain dealing with memory and learning skills. As simple as a short walk at lunch or taking the stairs regularly has been shown to decrease inflammation, increase mood, energy and productivity,
Lack of sleep, poor diet, chronic stress and reliance on stimulants are all associated with metabolic syndrome, the precursor to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and eventually death. Keeping your body fat levels down, moving more and doing more things you enjoy (that work/life balance everyone talks about) can reverse symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome.
We can provide you with a tailored training plan that will work around your busy work schedule, we will decide how often you train and for how long. Lack of preparation is usually the issue why most people don’t have the time to train or eat correctly.
Supplements we recommend need to include high amounts of B vitamins such as B3, B5 and B12, we like Zinc, folic acid and Iodine.
- Zinc contributes to normal DNA synthesis, normal acid-base metabolism, normal carbohydrate metabolism, normal cognitive function, normal fertility and reproduction, normal macronutrient metabolism, normal metabolism of fatty acids, normal metabolism of vitamin A, normal protein synthesis, the maintenance of normal bones, the maintenance of normal hair, nails and skin, the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood, the maintenance of normal vision, the normal function of the immune system, the protection of cells from oxidative stress and it has a role in the process of cell division.
- Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal functioning of the nervous system, normal homocysteine metabolism, normal psychological function, normal red blood cell formation, normal function of the immune system, the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and it has a role in the process of cell division.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) contributes to normal psychological function, normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal functioning of the nervous system, the maintenance of normal mucous membranes, the maintenance of normal skin and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
- Folic acid contributes to normal psychological function, the normal function of the immune system, thereduction of tiredness and fatigue, normal homocysteine metabolism, normal amino acid synthesis, normal blood formation, the process of cell division and maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal mental performance, normal synthesis and metabolism of steroid hormones, vitamin D and some neurotransmitters, and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
- Iodine contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, the normal production of thyroid hormones and normal thyroid function.
Inner Angel Health offer a brilliant product called Brain Food containing all of the above ingredients.
Being healthy will boost productivity, energy, happiness, mood and your work performance – which is why Being Healthier Makes You More Successful! Think Health First