Many executives deprioritize their personal health, thinking they are benefitting their businesses, when they are actually depriving their companies of their optimum performance.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 13, 2013
The Mayo Clinic’s recent opening of a new executive health program highlights the growing trend of health-conscious executives who are seeking ways to balance fitness and overall health with their busy schedules. San Diego health retreat VeraVia Fitness just released a list of tips for executives that take into account the demands placed on a high-ranking professional’s time. “Leadership requires a clear head and focused concentration for problem-solving and long-term strategic thinking,” says VeraVia CEO and founder Wyatt Chapman. “However, many executives deprioritize their personal health, thinking they are benefitting their businesses, when they are actually depriving their companies of their optimum performance.” Below is a list of small changes that create healthy habits that help maintain general health.
Get enough sleep
With pressing meetings, unpredictable travel, and the daily work-/home-life balance, many executives sacrifice sleep in favor of work. Ironically, while less sleep might seem like a viable short-term solution for an increased workload, it can actually have the opposite result, leading to increased on-the-job mistakes, lack of clear focus, and poor overall decision-making.
Eat and drink well
“Busy executives often forego quality food and regular mealtimes in favor of rushed snacks, junk food, and hasty consumption of greasy fast food,” continues Chapman. Poor diet choices lead to a myriad of health problems, many of which can be avoided with conscious awareness of one’s eating habits. Executives should remember not to skip meals, to choose healthy snacks throughout the day, to drink water or tea instead of soda or energy drinks, and to cut back on alcohol consumption.
Many busy professionals see exercise as a luxury, not a necessity. However, studies have shown that exercise actually improves productivity due to increased stamina, more energy, and a clearer mental focus. A twenty-minute brisk walk at lunch is enough to get the heart pumping and can help clear the head by getting out of the office.
Meditation can not only lead to a calmer general demeanor but can also improve one’s outlook on life and lead to creative insights about business solutions. Meditation is simply setting aside a small amount of quiet, undisturbed time each day to relax, clear the mind of thoughts, and allow space for focused concentration.
Get regular medical check-ups
Health screenings and check-ups can identify imbalances and irregularities before more serious conditions take hold. Executives should get regular screenings for the following:
- Blood pressure abnormalities
- Body scans
- Blood work
- Breast/cervical cancer for women
- Prostate/testicular cancer for men
- Stress test for overall health
Take a vacation
A week or more away from the office and out of one’s regular routine can open up creative solutions to workplace challenges by unlocking fresh inspiration. A quality vacation can also be the proving ground for some of the above lifestyle changes, like meditation, getting enough sleep and trying new forms of fun exercise. Finally, vacations refresh the spirit by allowing executives to get back in touch with their families and with themselves.