The healthy leader is a productive and effective leader. Being healthy promotes energy, strength, and endurance. Shifting your focus on making healthy habits can tremendously benefit your life and leadership. The sad reality is too many leaders forsake healthy habits. The reasons for not creating healthy habits can be convincing. Five reasons include:
- There is just not enough time in the day
- The tasks and responsibilities of leadership become a priority
- The weight and demand of leadership is bearing
- The desire for success and achievement is a driving force
- The leader relies on their current health and energy level
Leaders need to make sure not to allow any of those reasons to overshadow being healthy. There are some very practice ways you can begin to or maintain healthy habits. The main areas you should concentrate on when it comes to healthy habits are what you consume, sleep, and exercise. Those three areas have a significant impact on your health. Let’s talk about each of those areas.
What we consume
The old saying of “you are what you consume” is very true. You have to be smart about what goes into your mouth if you want to create healthy habits. You should consider and rethink the food, drink, and drugs you consume.
Food- The convenience of fast food restaurants can make it difficult for a busy leader to eat healthy food options. You should reconsider meal times and snack options. Spending a little more money and taking time to plan what you will eat can increase the chances of eating healthy foods. You should consider: planning for and preparing healthy snacks and meal options in advance, choosing a healthy food options when at a restaurant, cutting back on the junk food, and having a well-rounded diet that includes proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
Drink- Regularly consuming drinks with a high amount of sugar (like soda or energy drinks) will negatively impact your health and energy level. You should limit drinks with high sugar or caffeine levels and replace those drinks with water. Most people don’t drink enough water and as a result are dehydrated. The water you drink will depend on how much you weigh and your daily activities. In most cases you should be drinking eight 8 oz glasses of water each day. I’ve found it helpful to drink a glass of water when I first wake up and before meal times. It increases my energy level and allows me not to overeat. Your goal should be to drink more water.
Drugs- You should avoid illegal drugs and careful about over the counter meds you take. For example, if you have a head ache you might consider drinking a glass of water or taking a warm shower before taking an over the counter pain reliever. Or, if you are having a difficult time falling asleep instead of taking a sleeping pile right away, you might want to consider reading a book or laying down with your eyes closed for a short amount of time. You should also do your own research by reading the labels and warnings of the drug you want to consume. You can also ask doctor or your health care provider about the drugs you want to use.
Questions: How are you creating healthy habits into your life? How do you monitor and manage what you consume?
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