A myriad of articles and books have been written, advising on the issue of diet and exercises. Convincingly, each one of us is aware of the types of diets that are healthy and those that are not. However, most of us fail to make the right choices and more often we fail to keep up with our physical fitness. Our inability to make good choices on the issue of diets and fitness has taken a toll on the population, with increasing cases of obesity, cardiac diseases, diabetic diseases and worst still is the sky rocketing cost of healthcare.
A teenager in New York City blamed the problem on lack of self – control when it came to the choice of foods to eat, for one would go for sweet and appealing foods rather than the nutritious foods. In-fact, foods production companies have been working hard to appeal to the young through attractive packaging and emphasis on sugary content rather than the necessary. The foods we eat have a direct and definite impact on the quality of our lives. Chances are, lazy people are not lazy be default, but greatly due to consumption of empty foods, well known as junk foods. These foods are, in effect useless to the body in terms of nutritional provision, despite the high energy content. The result of consumption of junk foods is sedentary living, or lack of quality physical exercise. How do we cultivate self – control, in order to enhance our wellness?
One’s wellness is pivotal to productivity at work, as well as profitability of the organization as a whole. It is hard to imagine of an organization with majority of its employees being obese, or suffering from diabetic and cardiac diseases. In order to enhance the productivity of its employees, most employers have introduced wellness programs within their settings. Policies have been established regarding the issue of smoking, use of drugs and alcohol consumption by the employees. In addition, Employee assistant agencies have been contracted to assist in the area of anger management and conflict resolution. However, when it comes to the issue of diets and fitness programs, they often fail to deliver due to low and inconsistent participation. It is upon the employees to take up the mantle and push towards performance improvement both at work and out of work, especially with organizational support.
First and foremost, we need to watch what we eat. Our careers and quality of life is dependent on our health. It is common to find most organization providing free lunches and snacks to its employees. As much as these privileges are made available to us, we must be careful on the types of food offered. Keep in mind that drinks and snacks obtained from vending machines have a huge impact on our wellness. Overly sweet drinks and sodas mostly end up making us feeling lethargic, and cloudy. Exercises are not to be left out. Simply walking down the street or from your car in the parking lot to your office and up the stairs has a great impact on your performance at work. If a gym facility is at hand, saving half an hour at the end of your work day to make use of the facility will boost your moods and motivation the following day. Pairing up with a partner is highly encouraged to ensure consistency and building up endurance. Express your desires to your partner and share with them your goals, in addition, remember to rotate between different exercises.
Lastly, be patient with yourself. Avoid the temptation to procrastinate your workout or skipping it altogether. With time, you’ll see results of your workout and your work days will be more enjoyable, for you will easily meet deadlines and have energy to go an extra mile.