This is not a trick question. I promise. Many of us think of health as separate to our career, while others think how we feel underpins our jobs but is this really the whole truth?
I would suggest that our internal health is intermingled with everything we do in life, from caring for our loved ones to relaxation, work, play – everything really. When we feel good on the inside, we’re at our most optimum with everything we face.
How the Health Ideal evolved into a full time job
I’ve been blessed to have been born into a family that takes health extremely seriously. My mother never gave us any food that wasn’t fresh or cooked from scratch and served immediately, even during her three job work week. I know, Power to Mums!
My father received a soccer scholarship into the most prestigious university in India, so taking care of ourselves has never been a passing phase in our family, health (both internal and external) means business.
I’ve been working in the family business since I was in my early teens, my father establishing our company in 1997. I can thank my parents for my obsessive love for health and turning it into a full time career for introducing me to the importance of being healthy and how it truly impacts every stage of your life.
Though health is definitely my passion, being the best entrepreneur you can be or even an inspiration in whatever you do (whether it be a position in a corporate environment or being the greatest example to those around you as a stay at home mum), relies heavily on how you face the challenges you face daily.
How Health affects your Performance
Apart from the obvious reasons poor health affects our employment, feeling lethargic or generally under the weather reduces our productivity, a place we definitely don’t want to be!
Though organisations may have a predominantly financially motive in keeping you healthy, your good health is particularly important to your loved ones and most imperatively, yourself. No one feels good about not being able to do the things we love, even if that is a 7am start on a Saturday morning to take the kids to rugby practice.
Being healthy ensures that you’re at your best all the time, every time, which is exactly where we want to be.
How do we stay healthy in this fast paced modern environment we live in?
Organic products may give us a little bit of a helping hand
In a society reliant on products including preservatives, chemicals and GMOs, many of us are making a very conscious decision to get back to our roots. Taking a leaf out of mother nature’s book, cooperatives and health food outlets are mushrooming up around all of us for one main reason – there’s a need they’re satisfying.
Though not all of you will be diehard fans of the organic concept, few of us can deny the incomparable nutritious value of eating fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and meats. My friend’s mum just recently retired and has had the time to cook more fresh food at home. Over the weekend she was reciting the staggeringly great effects she has noticed in her health from eating more freshly made home cooked meals.
“I feel more energetic!” she exclaimed over a cup of tea, and even I noticed how vibrant her hair looked. Admittedly, she’s also been exercising a lot more frequently (not crazily, just a forty five minute walk a day), so I would suggest that an adequate combination of exercise, good food and relaxation is quickly turning her into a better (nearing best) version of herself.
Some of you may be thinking about pressing the Back Button on your browser right about now but just stop for a moment.
I’m not telling you to go all gung-ho on your new health routine, baby steps are the way to go. Commit to making three fresh meals a week, or say you’ll only eat out twice a week, start exercising three days a week and if it feels good (and I have a sneaking suspicion it will), increase your workout to four or five times a week. If you can, get a family member or friend on board to take the journey with you. Suffer and celebrate together! Maybe you could share the cooking and get a fresh meal inside your and your family’s belly more than three days a week – bonus!
A combination of good food and exercise is sure to brighten up the way you approach your day. Remember, a positive outlook will surely result in positive outcomes.
Now it’s your turn!
So are you convinced to make that health change? Maybe your commitment to good health resulting in a more improved general life has just been reinforced. Whatever your takeaway from this article, I’m sure your fellow Leaders in Heels would be thrilled to hear about the way you plan (or the way you already have) to make health a priority in your daily activities and the results you may have already achieved.
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Mituri believes you never stop learning which is why she believes there is still more to know about when it comes to Mother Nature. As a previous Journalist, PR Specialist, Editor and Reviewer, she has worked for News Corp as a Journalist, Editor and IT Specialist, a variety of online mediums and local newspapers as well as for Australia’s second largest Publishing House, Express Publications. These days she’s doing PR (amongst many other roles like nearly every entrepreneur on the planet) for her Organic based/Certified Organic brand Nim-Véda Australia (www.nimveda.com). Go check it out at http://www.nimveda.com