February 6th, 2012 Archive

A Few Reminders on Family Health

February 6th, 2012 by Adaire in Lifestyle

Being a career-woman can be pretty exhausting. If you want to stay ahead of the competition, you have to maintain a pretty intense schedule. Some days are so busy that you go from one business meeting to the next with barely enough time to eat a snack in between. With everything that’s going on, it’s quite easy to forget to take care of your health. The extremely busy schedule you keep often prevents you from preparing healthy meals or getting regular exercise.

While I was contemplating on my own personal health, I came across an article from Healthy Wealthy nWise. The title says it all – Health Needs to Be Top Priority for Parents With Busy Schedules, Say Experts. Needless to say, I became more concerned about health. You should be too, especially if you’re a parent. According to Dian Griesel, PhD and Tom Griesel, “Our children need us to be there for them, and putting your own health on the back burner may be detrimental to those who count on you as a parent.”

Thankfully, the article itself provides plenty of advice regarding how we can maintain our health and, at the same time, not compromise our productivity. Here are some of them:

  1. Don’t eat unless you’re actually hungry.
  2. Focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and small amounts of quality animal protein.
  3. Eliminate refined foods, processed foods and sweeteners, particularly high-fructose corn syrup.
  4. Avoid fast food.
  5. Prepare your own meals and keep them simple.
  6. Stay on your feet as much as possible.
  7. Incorporate short exercise sessions into your day.
  8. Take time daily to relax, de-stress and focus on goals.

These tips are just a preview of what you can find in Dian and Tom’s article. However, if you would like more comprehensive information on the topic of health, I suggest you checkout their new book as well, “TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust.”

Our health as professionals and as parents is not the only thing we should be concerned about. Our children’s health should be a priority as well. Another article also from Healthy Wealthy nWise called Many Young Adults Stop Exercising When They Hit College talks about the how young adults tend to develop sedentary lifestyles upon entering college. A sedentary lifestyle might not seem like a dangerous threat until we realize that it is linked to diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Sometimes, in our desire to earn a bigger income to better provide for the financial needs of our family, we overlook one of their most important needs: good health. I certainly hope that the information in these articles has inspired you to make your family’s health a top priority.

As business professionals, it is our main duty to do our jobs well and to maintain profitable businesses. As parents, it is our main duty to ensure that the needs of our family members, especially their physical health, are well provided for. Since most of us are both parents and business professionals, we must strive to find a delicate balance between these duties. The key to do this is awareness. We have to be aware of what we’re up against. We have to be aware of what we need to do.

With the right information, we can overcome anything. :)

Adaire


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