There really is no secret to staying healthy and maintaining energy levels. You won’t do it by consuming those sugary, high-caffeine drinks. As a health professional, you are probably already aware of the correct formula – diet, exercise, and sleep.
What can you do to make sure you get enough exercise? According to personal coach Nick Crocker, you have to incorporate it into your daily routine.
To do this, you first need to change your attitude, Crocker says. Most people think that if they don’t get into the gym to run five miles or spend an hour pumping iron, there’s no point to exercising at all. That’s just not true. You take what you can get, even if it’s as little as five minutes. You’re not shooting for perfection, just improvement. Try to add five minutes to your routine each week, if possible.
If you miss a week, forget about it. Don’t let it haunt you so much that it affects your attitude going forward. There are always going to be things that get in the way. Don’t let these throw you. Get right back up again and exercise.
Also, exercise should be enjoyable. If you hate working out on the treadmill or doing the rowing machine, stop it. There are other ways to get exercise. Try walking if you enjoy that more, or climbing, hiking or kayaking. Also, doing it with others often makes it more enjoyable.
Aim to fit exercise into your daily routine. For example, instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Walk a little more, maybe while you’re making a telephone call. If you are planning a trip for the weekend, try to incorporate walking into the schedule, or some other type of physical activity. For many, this may be the only way to stay active.
The prescription for a healthy diet is also well known by now. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Stay away from too much red meat and processed foods. And limit your sugar intake.
You also want to make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Research has shown that fewer than seven can have a huge negative impact on your health, including sapping your energy.
What tips could you provide other travelers to help them keep their energy levels up while on assignment? What do you do specifically to make sure you’re at your best physically?
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