Professional Development

5 Important Tips on Health and Productivity

by Derek Yachison Former Professional Athlete and current Owner of East Winnipeg FBBC and North Regina FBBC

Summary: 5 Tips on Health and Productivity

We’ve all heard it before, “I’m too busy to exercise” or “I just can’t find the time to take care of my health”. How can you blame them? In today’s world, it is all too easy to fall victim to the daily grind and constant need to be attached to our work. The truth is, everyone knows how important exercise is – not only for our health and our mind – but also for the immense benefits it has on our productivity levels. I am frequently amazed at how productive I am after I exercise when compared to the days that I do not exercise at all.

Here are my top 5 tips on health & productivity so that you can stay healthy, stay fit and dominate your work and your day:

1. Rise and Shine

Personally, this was a tough one for me. I used to workout in the afternoons, however, when your workload inevitably grows, you soon realize it’s impossible to focus solely on your workout when your phone is constantly buzzing and your mind is elsewhere. I now exercise as early as my day allows (as soon as I wake up). Less distractions, more time to focus on you! 

2. Plan Your Meals

Just like a bodybuilder prepares and plans their meals, you should be doing the same. This will help you so that you’re prepared for a full day of work without having to worry about what your next meal will be. This is also a great way to avoid snacking and to make sure that you’re eating healthy and nutritious meals.

3. Save Your Cardio

While I love to wake up and immediately complete a weight lifting session to start my day, I often take a midday break to run, bike, do a HIIT session, or walk. This helps me take an active rest from sitting, and also re-stimulates and re-sets my productivity for the afternoon and evening.

4. Try Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is not only extremely convenient for busy lives, but it also has a proven effect on mental clarity. This, of course, can bolster your productivity levels.

5. Less is Sometimes More

While I used to take days off completely from exercising, I now move my body 7 days a week – almost entirely due to the productivity benefits. If your schedule is extremely busy or you need to create time in your schedule, as little as 12 minutes of high intensity exercise can be enough to get health benefits, and stimulate your mind for a more productive day.

About Derek Yachison

Derek Yachison is a former professional athlete turned entrepreneur and currently owns two fitness studios – one in Winnipeg and one in Regina. In addition to owning and operating these two fitness studios, Derek is an active real estate investor.

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