Eating to Succeed
The Value of Eating to Succeed
The Importance of Diet, Exercise and Stress Reduction to Ensure You Stay On You’re A-Game When It Comes to Work and Entrepreneurship
A bright mind, innovative ideas and extraordinary levels of passion and motivation are all key ingredients to entrepreneurial success. But did you also know that how you fuel your body has a significant impact on whether or not your reach for the stars, or crash and burn?
Yes, diet and exercise have incredible sway when it comes to reducing stress, optimising performance and ensuring that both the body and the mind are nourished during the entrepreneurial journey.
So how can you use wholesome food, regular exercise and strategic stress reduction techniques to stay on you’re A-game? Here’s how!
Never skip breakfast
It’s an age old mantra – “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And as far as we’re concerned, this is spot on. Science shows that morning meals kick-start the body into gear, and give the body the fuel it needs to get the brain functioning in top gear.
Don’t rely on sugar
Research has shown that in the US, the average American consumes a huge 76.7 grams of sugar per day, the equivalent of 19 teaspoons or 306 calories! Not only is this bad for the waistline, but sugar sends energy levels on a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. This is one of the worst things you can do to your productivity levels.
Resist the urge to multitask
Entrepreneurs are usually ultra-busy, which goes hand in hand with the temptation to wolf down meals while attempting to complete another business related task. Rather than indulge this behaviour, force yourself to be mindful of what, and how you eat. Scoffing down meals wreaks havoc on the digestive system, and creates unnecessary stress when trying to juggle consumption and productivity. Instead, allocate just 15 minutes for an exclusive meal break, and savour every second!
With schedules that verge on chaotic, it’s all too easy to brush exercise under the rug. This is a huge faux pas, as a healthy body nurtures a healthy mind. Even if you’re insanely busy, just 10 minutes of physical activity a day will help to alleviate stress, get the endorphins flowing and jumpstart your body into gear. You’ll feel instantly reenergised, so get out there and work up a sweat. As Bob Dylan once crooned, "Ya better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone."
Actively reduce stress
Stress can destroy both the mind and the body, which has an instantaneous impact on entrepreneurial success. Everyone’s prone to stress, and you shouldn’t beat yourself up when you do inevitably experience its onset. You should however be conscious of its presence, and make an active effort to relieve stress. There are plenty of techniques you can experiment with, from yoga classes and mini breaks to professional help and lifestyle architecture training.
It can’t be stressed enough, that what you put into your body has a knock on effect to both your physical and mental performance.