Most of us understand the importance of eating well and exercising regularly when it comes to our personal health; but did you ever consider how your work might improve if you adopted a healthier lifestyle?

With a multitude of benefits, a healthy lifestyle can reinforce our minds and bodies; fuelled by nutritious food, we tend to become more energised and less distracted, while regular exercise can relieve stress and boost the production of feel-good endorphins. So, how can all this improve your approach to the working day…?

Less lethargic and more productive

More energy invariably leads to more motivation; rather than putting off all those important tasks – that you keep telling yourself you’ll come back to when you’re feeling up to it – they will be completed with more enthusiasm. With greater concentration you will achieve more accurate outputs. Healthy and energised and completing higher volumes of work, you should be able to meet or even exceed those targets with no trouble at all!

Exercise is a really great way to clear the mind, helping you to feel refreshed so that you can think more clearly, make better decisions and be more creative. Plus, by eating a balanced diet you can make sure your body gets all the essential nutrients it needs to support healthy brain function. With an improved thought process, you’ll make smarter choices and achieve more positive outcomes.

Less stressed and more positive

A bad day at work…? Exercise is a brilliant stress-reliever; let’s be honest, no matter how much you love what you do, there’s no denying that it can be stressful. High intensity exercises like boxing and running are a great way to rid your body of built-up stress, while low intensity exercise like yoga and Pilates can help to clear your mind and restore the calm. With stress and worry out of your mind, your mood will dramatically improve and you’ll find yourself enjoying all the positive aspects of your work, as opposed to being bogged down by the negatives.

With an improved mood, you’ll also find yourself communicating better with others – it can be all too easy to let poor mood influence the way we interact with one another but low spirits can have seriously negative effects. De-stressing with some good old fashioned exercise will help you to take a more sensitive and respectful approach; and your feel-good attitude will soon rub off on others.

How to make the change to achieve your goals

Low motivation, dips in mood, poor communication… Sound familiar? Why not make a vow to change – it will surely improve your productivity levels. You don’t have to make a dramatic transformation to your diet and exercise regime overnight – start with these simple tips:

1. Take a break; take a walk – a little extra physical activity and some fresh air will do wonders for your health and mood.

2. Eat healthy lunch – get into the habit of preparing a healthy lunch each day and avoid the temptation of easy and unhealthy fast foods.

3. Take up a sport you’ve always wanted to try – it could be yoga, cycling, Zumba or tennis; now’s the time to have a go!

4. Find a gym buddy – someone who will motivate you to work out; this will help you to exercise more, making it a lot more fun.

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill