10 Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle and Workplace in 2015

Posted: November, 24, 2014 | Categories: Uncategorized

After the last of the turkey has been eaten and the holiday cookies are finished, thousands of individuals will lay out goals to live a healthier 2015. While health related and weight loss goals top the list of popular New Year's resolutions, another common goal is to be more productive in the workplace.

The great news is that these two resolutions are linked; According to a 2012 article from Huffington Post, eating poorly and not exercising could be taking a toll on areas other than you waistline '“ it could also affect how productive you are at work. So it can be said, if you commit to a healthier lifestyle outside of work, your work might improve.

In continuing with the celebration of our 10th anniversary, here are 10 tips for living a healthier lifestyle (and increasing happiness in the workplace) in 2015:

  1. No Excuses – Work is busy and more times than not we work more than a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job. That does not mean we can use the excuse that 'there just are not enough hours in the day'? to workout. Find a time that works most often with you schedule and stick to it. If you find yourself burning the midnight oil, get up earlier in the mornings and make time for a 30 minute workout. It will help get your blood pumping, which will help you be more productive at work.
  2. Increase Endorphins '“ It is a proven fact (just ask Elle Woods) that working out causes endorphins, endorphins make you happy and happiness is the key to success. By having a more positive attitude outside of work, it is likely to spill into the office and help your workplace professionalism. By working out the negative energy, you will be less likely to lose your temper and say something inappropriate to a coworker.
  3. Pack a Healthy Lunch '“ Think back to when you were a student. Remember getting a calendar for each week's lunch options? Remember how easy it was to plan out what you were going to eat or if you needed to bring your lunch that day? Why not bring that into your professional career? Each Sunday, prepare a menu for the week and make a trip to the grocery store. This will help you spend less on groceries you don't need (hello financial responsibility resolution!) and it will allow you to plan out healthier options. We also recommend packing your lunch the night before, so that you aren't rushed.
  4. Skip the Fast Food '“ If you do have to eat out or have a lunch meeting, try to avoid the fast food. The types of food you eat can affect your mood and ability to think clearly. They can also make you sleepy instead of having energy to make it through the day. To combat this, try to eat foods that are organic, whole, naturally colorful and rich in nutrients. If a fast food restaurant is your closest and quickest option, try to eat a grilled chicken salad and skip the fries and chicken nuggets.
  5. Drink Lots of Water '“ Drinking eight cups of water a day is not just recommendation, it actually helps our brain function at a higher capacity. Even a little dehydration can lead to fatigue, sluggishness, confusion and irritability. We recommend taking a reusable water bottle to work with you and refilling it throughout the day.
  6. Get Some Rest '“ Just because recommend getting up a little earlier to workout, does not mean we think you should skip out on sleep. Sleep allows your body to rest and prepare for another day. Being fully rested will help you put your best foot forward, and while you may get by with one night of little sleep, it will affect the quality of your work in the long run.
  7. Take a Deep Breath '“ Don't forget that reducing stress is a huge part of living a healthier lifestyle. While working out can help, it is also good to make sure you are taking nutritional supplements, eating a well-balanced diet and incorporating relaxation practices such as meditation, yoga and deep breathing into your daily routine.
  8. Don't Put a Number on It '“ A lot of people like to say they are going to lose 'this much'? weight, but that can lead to stress. Sometimes we don't lose the amount we think we should in the amount of time we think it takes, so we get discouraged and ultimately give up. Instead of making a weight loss goal, make goals that help to change your habits over time. For example, make a goal of walking for 30 minutes every other day and stick to it.
  9. Find a Healthy Buddy '“ Anything in life is better when you have a partner that encourages and supports you. By finding someone that is willing to be your 'healthy buddy,'? you will not only have a friend to talk to while working out, but also someone to hold you accountable and make sure you get up on those morning where you just want to hit snooze.
  10. Make it a Lifestyle Change – Ultimately, by committing to a healthier lifestyle in 2015, you are committing to an overall lifestyle change. In addition to impacting your professional life for the better, it will also positively affect your personal and social life.

For 2015, we challenge all of you to have a positive year in the workplace by incorporating a healthy lifestyle into your daily routine. You will be thanking us later!

If one of your New Year's resolutions includes getting a new job in the real estate industry, learn more about our staffing solutions by visiting the JWilliams Staffing website today.


By JoAnne Williams
Founder, President and CEO

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