Letâs firstly define the meaning of âfitnessâ as having a healthy functioning body and mind. âYou are what you eatâ is a commonly used term nowadays, and has possibly lost some of its impact? However, no truer words could be spoken, when referring to âfitnessâ of body and mind. Nutrition has âeverythingâ to do with fitness. It is the âfuelâ to produce physical and mental energy, and is therefore closely linked to productivity. The fitter the person, the more productive and energetic they will beâ¦ physically, mentally and emotionally.
The âworkplaceâ in todayâs fast-paced and highly competitive world, demands from the individual, a constant flow of âenergyâ, day-in day-out. Think of an athlete, who trains daily to enhance his or her physical (and mental) performance. Part and parcel of this âtrainingâ is correct fuelling (i.e. eating fresh, natural, health-giving foods), and of course recovery (i.e. rest and sleep). âYouâ are no different! Just as an athlete realises the importance of these aspects, in order to reach his or her full potential, so too must the individual at work take these into âseriousâ consideration!
Being healthy and fit at work is all about reducing âunnecessaryâ stress, learning to respond positively to stress, and equipping the body to handle everyday stress. Just as energy can be physical, mental and emotional, so too can stress relate to any one of these 3 facets. Stress is simply a draining of one or more of these energy systems.
Tips to boost energy and reduce stress at workâ¦
Begin each day with a high-energy nutritious breakfast â choose oats, nuts and fruit, an omelette, or eggs on wholegrain toast.
Snack on fresh fruit mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Drink plenty of water to stay fully hydrated throughout the day.
Avoid âdietary stressorsâ such as caffeine, alcohol and high-sugar refined foods, especially during the week!
Choose a protein-based lunch such as fish and a variety of vegetables, or salad.
Whether you are an employer or an employee, my advice would be the sameâ¦ eat well, be positive, and get enough sleep!
Your âfitnessâ is vital, and it could just be the making of you, and your team.
Lucy-Ann Prideaux is a registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with an MSc degree in Human Nutrition and Metabolism. As a past competitive triathlete, and with a first class BSc degree in Sport and Exercise Science, Lucy-Ann is also an experienced authority on sports nutrition at elite and recreational level, as well as on health and fitness training. She runs "Simply Nutrition", a health, performance and nutrition consultancy. She has several e-books, products and on-line coaching & mentoring nutrition programs available from her website http://www.simply-nutrition.co.uk