A High Performing Lifestyle for Professionals On The Go
This guest blog post is by Kristen Johnson Brogan, a registered dietitian and professional speaker for her family-owned health and performance company, On Target Living. You can learn more about her by visiting her website.
We present this as part of Healthy by Association.
The full blog post can be found here.
What if you woke up one morning with a sense of ease and overall wellbeing? You felt good, your energy was high and your mood was positive. Would you recognize this as success?
Why is it so hard for people to connect the dots between health and performance? Isn’t it obvious? If we live better, won’t our life be better in every way? Our work life, home life, relationships, family, etc.?
Think about how your ability to perform, lead and grow would change if you lived better. After all, if you don’t have your health, what does anything else matter? And if you don’t have a body, where are you going to live and how will you be successful? Health truly is our greatest asset.
Wealth goes way beyond financial status. True wealth is about the whole being and includes the things money can’t buy. Wealth is about the balance we find from living our truest self and incorporating a lifestyle full of quality sleep, good food and daily movement. True wealth is having an abundance of the things that mean something to you and give you the feeling of “richness.”
Managing Energy Is More Important Than Managing time
Imagine how much more you could do with the limited time you had if you were energized, focused and calm from living a healthier lifestyle? Take time to prioritize your health and life will be better in every way. People who exercise every morning and take time to prepare healthy meals don’t have more time than you. They just prioritize their time differently in order to have more energy to do more with the time that they have. We only get one life and we are our own biggest health advocates. Start taking responsibility for your life and watch the magic happen.
Simple Tips for Peak Performance
These simple tips will give you the energy to do more with the limited time that you have.
- Daily movement (Think about movement as compound interest - a little each day is all you need.)
- Keep in mind that you don’t work out to lose weight; you work out to feel good.
- Add just 30 minutes more to your nightly sleep. (Seven to nine hours of sleep each night is shown to make you more productive, creative and improve your mood)
- Take an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salt is high in calming magnesium and can help you manage stress and improve sleep. Also, try incorporating these magnesium rich foods for less stress and better sleep.
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. (Water energizes and cleanses the body and can also curb your appetite and cravings.)
- Add a simple superfood to your life. (Spirulina/chlorella is a fresh water algae that is super high in energizing chlorophyll and comes in tablet form for easy consumption.)
- Acid reflux or heart burn? Try hot water with lemon. Lemon is extremely alkalizing and helpful at managing pH balance. Spice up your drink by adding one shot of apple cider vinegar and a little drizzle of raw/local honey to an 8-ounce glass of lemon water.
- Take a 12-hour overnight fast to clean the gut, improve digestion and boost metabolism. That means that if you eat at 7 p.m., try not to eat again until 7 a.m. or later. Intermittent fasting can be beneficial, but for most people it’s not always sustainable.