Keeping Healthy On The Job
by Ken Myers, founder of Longhorn Leads
When you are young it can feel like you are invincible. You have the energy to keep going all day long and make the most of your day. However if you keep up too hectic of a schedule without having your health in mind it can lead to a big crash. Here are some ways you can stay healthy and on the ball:
Take your lunch (and snacks).
One of the big expenses when people work all day is eating out every day for lunch. Many people do not think about it but even a small meal or fast food can really add up day after day. Instead of that, why not bring your lunch? Not only is it cheaper, but it is also healthier for you. You can also get more work in if you chose and some companies will let you take a shorter lunch in exchange for leaving earlier, letting you avoid the traffic. You should also remember to bring healthy snacks instead of raiding the candy machine. Those coins add up too, as do the calories!
Make dinner ahead of time.
Another hard thing for people who work all day to think about making when they get home is dinner. You have a tendency to be worn out and just want to order pizza, but not only is that unhealthy it is expensive too. Instead, invest in a slow cooker and put you meal in before you leave for work. Then when you get home you will have a hot and tasty meal ready to eat. You can also cut down the time and effort it takes by planning your meals at the beginning of the week and making sure you have the ingredients you need before you are in a time crunch. A homemade meal is much healthier and more affordable than eating out.
Take care of yourself.
Being sick is not a good thing. Not only do you not feel well, but some jobs do not even have paid sick days. If you are in one of those jobs, be sure to take care of yourself. You cannot afford to miss days due to illness, but you do not need to go to work sick either and spread it around. Instead, take plenty of vitamin C and get lots of rest when you first start to feel bad. Zinc and fluids are also a good idea. Try to keep up healthy habits like eating right and exercising regularly to avoid long sick periods.
Drink more water.
“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” As the old quote goes, most of us are surrounded by free water every day and we do not take advantage of it. Instead of buying expensive sodas or energy drinks, why not hit up the water cooler? Many jobs have places you can get water on site for free, and all you need to do is bring a cup or bottle with you. Do not pay for bottled water; the stuff out of the cooler or water fountain works just as well. Water is also advantageous as it helps your brain and body to function better, can’t wear off and give you a sugar buzz like sodas, and does not get you addicted like caffeinated drinks. There is no two o’clock drop off when you are drinking water. Staying hydrated will help you to feel better and work harder, so what is not to like? These are just a few simple ways you can keep yourself healthy and able to stay on the ball. Your job is important to you right now and to do your best you need to stay fit and healthy. Eat right, get some rest and stay fit so that you can work, and live, at your best.
Ken Myers is the founder of Longhorn Leads and has learned over the years the importance of focusing on what the customer is looking for and literally serving it to them. He doesn’t try to create a need, instead he tries to satisfy the existing demand for information on products and services.
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