Adopting a work-life balance is crucial for success.
It’s a cruel twist of fate that very successful managers—skilled at takeovers and negotiations—tend to often have the unhealthiest lifestyles. Post-work drinks, eating on the go, frequent business dinners, too little exercise and sleep can all take a toll, leaving you open to a host of lifestyle diseases with scary consequences. While understanding the risks you run is an important first step, actively taking measures to make lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on the way you feel and look.
Fitting in exercise into a hectic day
If President Barrack Obama can do it, then so can you. No matter how frantic your day, try and fit in 30 minutes of physical activity daily such as swimming, running or just brisk walking, preferably first thing in the morning to get your metabolism chugging and for that first rush of oxygen.
If early morning flights get in the way, take the stairs at work and walk while talking on the phone. All physical activity counts, and no, it doesn’t have to be in one stretch. Two to three 15 minutes slots work just as well.
Eating right to stay fighting fit
The mayo filled club sandwich or dal makhani and naan may have sounded like a good idea at lunch but such foods contain negligible nutritive value and are choc-a-bloc with artery clogging triglycerides and cholesterol. An occasional samosa is okay but if your belt is feeling tighter, it’s time to take stock.
Start keeping a food journal to keep track of what you eat, even the couple of crisps from a colleague’s lunch box. Spotting patterns of when you feel hungriest and the triggers that make you overeat can help you prepare for such times better. Brown bag your lunch whenever you can. Carry healthy treats in zip lock bags and stave off in-between meals pangs with fruit, unsweetened nimbu paani and herbal teas.
Banish stress, welcome calm
Most men wear their ‘workaholic’ tag proudly, oblivious of the fact that all work and no play makes Ravi depressed and unhappy.
Even if you love your work, it’s important to take time off at least a couple of time a week to do whatever it is that takes your mind off work. It could be as simple as attending a classical music concert or taking your dog for a walk or even reading the latest fiction bestseller.
Making the right choices while traveling
It’s a misnomer that one can’t maintain a healthy lifestyle when one travels. Make a beeline to the breakfast buffet at the hotel and make sure you get your morning quota of fruit, oats, multigrain bread and eggs.
Research suggests that eating a hearty breakfast can keep you satiated for hours. Sip on herbal teas and diluted fruit juice instead of endless cups of sugar-laden tea and coffee. Eat a fruit, roasted channa, unsalted nuts or salad instead of ready-to-eat packaged snacks like crisps and namkeen. Checking food labels on foods is also a useful way of keeping track of hidden calories that often get consumed without ringing the necessary alarm bells.