Due to yesterday’s beast of a post on how to cook for a group, I’m going to keep today’s Motivation Monday relatively short. Enjoy!
We all know that work makes it more difficult to stick to a healthy lifestyle – it can mean rolling out of bed far earlier than you’d like to fit in an early workout, planning ahead to bring healthy food to work or seeking out healthy options on the go, squeezing in a workout at the end of a tiring work day, and dealing with more stress and less sleep than you’d like. But for most of us, work is a necessity, and with some advanced planning, commitment, and dedication, it IS possible to lead a healthy lifestyle, even with the most demanding of jobs.
The relationship between work and health doesn’t have to be all negative, though … did you know that living a healthy lifestyle will actually improve your performance at work? I found these three fascinating statistics in magazine articles (I don’t always believe everything magazines report, but these seem to be legit … and yes, I’ve been saving magazine articles for several years in case I ever started a blog!).
- Employees who exercised 3+ times per week earn 9% more than their counterparts who do not exercise. This TIME article explains the study well.
- People who do not eat a healthy diet are 66% more likely to be unproductive on the job. And those who rarely eat fruits and vegetables are 93% more likely to have a loss in productivity! This press release from Brigham Young University sheds a bit more light.
- Employees who regularly exercise are only half as likely as non-exercisers to feel burned out on the job. Even with limited online attention given to this particular study, there is tons of research to confirm that exercise lifts mood and motivation (plus, I do think that Men’s Health has high-quality information in general).
In my personal experience, eating healthily and fitting in exercise definitely makes me more productive and feel more positive. So tell me in the comments … do you think that a healthy lifestyle improves your performance at work? What are you going to do this week to eat healthily and live actively?