Food, Sleep, Exercise: Why You Seriously Need All 3 to Be Successful

Food

It’s lunch time. You’ve been working since six o’clock in the morning. When those hunger pangs strike, the most appealing option seems to be greasy, ultra-convenient fast food. The last thing you want is a paltry little meal like a salad. But what are those excessive calories found in burgers and fries actually doing to your post-lunch productivity?

What you eat affects your productivity in different ways, so eat smart.

Sleep

When your work life is demanding, you keep weird hours. You get to the office early, before the suns up, and you leave late, after dark. At home, you take out your laptop to “finish up a few things.” Three hours later, you crawl into bed. And then you wake up before the sun does to do it all again—constantly in a fog.

Maybe it just kind of comes with the job. Even if you play the role of night owl and early bird, there are still steps you can take to ensure you’re getting adequate rest. But first, why is it so important?

Sleep deprivation has been linked to higher levels of stress, higher blood pressure levels and lower brain function. It’s safe to say your performance will suffer if you aren’t catching enough ZZZs.

Exercise

Stress can get the best of us at times, and what could be better for you than melting your problems (and fat) away with every rep, stride or lift at the gym? Not much. Working out is a great outlet for relieving stress, to distract you from daily pressures—and to get fit at the same time. Regular exercise wards off depression and a host of other mental blocks that make success hard to achieve.

As much as the idea of “falling on your sword” seems romantic, we can’t expect to kill ourselves with work and get very far.

 Of course, we could talk about exercising more until we’re blue in the face. The important thing is that we actually get out and do it. Schedule 30 minutes to an hour of workout time into your day. Don’t promise yourself you’ll do it at lunch or when you get off. Nine times out of 10, the drain of the day prevents us from lifting a finger when we get back to the truck/home. Instead, treat your workout as an essential aspect of your success. It’s not just something you should do; it’s something you must do.

 

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