Well it’s Christmas time and we though that it would be appropriate to maybe think about our health as we go into the holiday season as well as start a new year. But remember…you ARE on holidays, so make sure you enjoy yourself a bit too!

Studies that analyse the attributes of an effective manager invariably list good health as a most important contributing quality. Being healthy promotes a more satisfying and productive work experience for all of us. So, if you want to improve your fitness level and to enjoy a happier, more productive worklife, consider seriously the following suggestions…


1. Be aware of the benefits of good health.

By focusing on your personal health, you can take advantage of the following reported benefits:

  • less sickness
  • decreased blood pressure
  • reduction in cardiac risk factors
  • improved oxygen uptake
  • reduction in body weight
  • improved diet
  • improved disposition
  • better self-image
  • expansion of friendship circles.

Is not this a strong and convincing case for personal health and fitness?

2. Get a regular check-up and fitness assessment.

Pay attention to the warning messages your body sends you such as migraines, palpitations, stomach upsets and see your doctor immediately. In fact, a regular medical check-up should be seen as part of your managerial responsibility. Knowledge of health and fitness is expanding daily, and a regular assessment means that you are ensuring you are at least physically prepared for your managerial role.

3. Keep a check on your diet.

Most of your exercise time and effort can be negated by what you eat and drink. In fact, it is a good idea to work on your diet before you get serious about exercising. Eat well-balanced meals as regularly and unhurriedly as you can. Encourage your family to be health conscious by maintaining a nutritionally sound diet. Literature abounds on this topic.

4. Exercise regularly.

Exercise several times a week. Undertake a program that is enjoyable, convenient, and appropriate for your age and state of fitness perhaps walking, jogging, golf, gym, swimming, or cycling. Self-discipline can sometimes be a problem which is why some people prefer a specifically designed program with a fitness instructor; others pair up with a colleague and they keep fit together.

The important thing is that exercise should be fun. The moment regular exercising becomes drudgery, it’s time to vary your routine. Exercising is not only about staying alive: it’s also about being alive. And it’s an important component in your physical health and work performance.

5. Get plenty of sleep.

Sleep recharges our batteries. Many people worry about the amount of sleep they get – some think they sleep too much; others worry they are not sleeping enough. How much do you need? Research has shown that the average sleep period is 7 to 8 hours daily. In the washup, it seems to depend on the individual: make sure you get as much sleep as you need. What seems to be important is that you sleep soundly.

6. Try to cut back on the health no-no’s.

The health and social consequences of excessive use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and medication in the form of tranquillisers, headache pills, and sleeping medication have been well documented elsewhere. Overuse of these substances can affect personal health and, consequently, productivity in the workplace.

7. Take full advantage of your leisure time.

All work and no play make Jack and Jill dull people. Take the adage to heart. Become involved in a hobby or other interests outside work time something that distracts you and extends you psychologically, socially and intellectually. But don’t get so competitive in your pastime, whether it be Scrabble or golf, that it becomes stressful too. The essential qualities of a leisure-time activity are that it should be relaxing and enjoyable. And don’t put off taking your holidays. Getting away from work for a few weeks can make you happier, healthier, and more productive on your return.

8. Maintain a balanced lifestyle.

The ancient Chinese sages stressed the importance of balance by keeping all things in perspective friends, finances, fun, faith, family, formal and informal education, and fitness often referred to as the ‘7Fs’. Overemphasising any one to the detriment of others can result in disharmony and imbalance.

9. Resolve to feel how you behave.

Most people have been brought up to behave how they feel; that’s one reason so many of us feel and act depressed on Monday mornings. Active, energetic, and enthusiastic people can’t afford to let feelings dictate their behaviour. A much better alternative is to decide to behave in a certain way and experience the corresponding feelings that is, feel how you behave. Make the change and experience the difference.


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