I’m no health nut. Far from it. I like brownies, Cool Ranch Doritos and I have a weakness for anything strawberry. However, as I’m 45, I must face the fact that my body isn’t the high-octane, almost indestructible machine it once was. Over the years, the aches and pains have increased, but it wasn’t until I had sciatica two years ago that I realized the importance of what Jim Rohn used to say, “Treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed.”
When I take the stage to address an audience to talk about productivity or take on a new client, the number one question I ask is, “Are you getting enough vitamin E and S?”
Vitamin E is something most people are familiar with. However, when I say Vitamin E, I’m not talking about the one found in meat, poultry, vegetables, and fruits. I’m referring to exercise. As for Vitamin S, that throws people for a loop. Vitamin S is sleep.
Unless you’re a gym nut, for most people, exercise is something that gets overlooked when it comes to productivity. People think it’s about figuring out strategies and tactics to help get things done faster, but that’s just one piece of the puzzle.
As I like to say, “You can only do as well as you feel.” That means a good night’s sleep to recharge our batteries and exercise to keep our body in good shape.
Too many people try and get by with four or five hours, but unless you’re superhuman or a Navy Seal, you’re only hurting yourself. We all know that a lack of sleep makes us irritable but it also affects your attention, concentration, and problem-solving. If that’s not bad enough, sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Health expert, Dr. Oz says this, “The most important thing you need for health, vitality, longevity and high performance is sleep!”
The magic number is seven. To function at a high level, you need seven or eight hours a night.
As for exercise, the key is not what you do, but that you do something. Yoga works. So do jogging, the gym or martial arts. Find something that you enjoy or you won’t be able to continue doing it.
Exercise doesn’t just improve our physical health, but also our mental health as chemicals are released into the bloodstream that help release stress. Exercise also strengthens our bones and muscles which counteracts the effects of aging. If you join a local team or gym, exercise can be a social event helping you expand your friendships.
I wish I still had my 20-year-old body, but I have to face facts. I’m not getting any younger and I don’t have a time machine. That being said, I can fight the effects of aging with Vitamins E and S.
Today, gone are the brownies and I limit the potato chips. I start each day with some light stretching. I head over to my Aikido dojo a few times a month and make sure my diet consists of more vegetables and fruits. It’s not rocket science. But if you want to operate at optimum levels at the office or at home, you’ve got to invest time (and money) into Vitamins E and S.
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