All over the world, company executives seem to be over-stressed, under-rested and continually struggling to pack in more things into their daily schedule. The need to travel extensively across time zones too can take a very heavy toll on their health. Some smart tips on how you can stay healthy despite a hectic schedule:
Have a Hearty Breakfast
You should never underestimate the importance of eating a large breakfast. A properly-balanced meal with the right amount of proteins and carbs can set you up for the day with sustained energy, enhanced productivity, and focus. When you start off the day with a good breakfast, you are no longer susceptible to the unhealthy mid-morning snacks that you may otherwise crave for. Even if your working lunch gets a little delayed, you will still have enough energy to pull through.
Resist the Tendency to Skip Meals
When you are fighting a really packed work schedule, it can be very tempting to get more work done by skipping a meal. However, when you do this, it can make your blood sugar level unstable, which you tend to rectify with junk food. Further, when you are constantly feeling hungry, it can affect your performance and you tend to be irritable, which is hardly very good for the team spirit. Skipping meals results in less fuel being available to the body, which then resorts to breaking down muscle protein; something that you really would not want to happen.
When the day’s work doesn’t get over on time, it is quite the usual thing for busy executives to continue their meetings over dinner in restaurants. However, you should not get carried away with fancy fat-laden luxurious meals, sugary desserts, and too much alcohol. Try making your selection from healthy salads without dressings and lean meat dishes, fish or chicken that is cooked simply. Even if it not on the menu, ask the stewards for healthy options that they often have for discerning diners. Try to limit your portions and eat slowly so that you don’t end up overeating. Skip the dessert for a cup of coffee. Don’t forget to take your daily steroid supplement.
Stay Well Hydrated
When you are rushing from one meeting to another, it can be very easy to become dehydrated without your even realizing it. Dehydration has a number of negative impacts; you feel tired as your digestion is affected, the toxins build up, you feel stressed, your ability to burn fat is diminished and your kidney function can get impaired. The best solution is to completely avoid alcohol, limit your cups of tea or coffee, and stick to drinking loads of water. Ideally, you should be drinking around 2-3 liters of water daily, though in hotter climates, this should be more.
Even if you don’t have all the time in the world, try to exercise as best as you can with a quick 15-20-minute workout of cardio and resistance training that can boost your metabolism, burn calories, and even tone your muscles. Ensure you get adequate sleep.