What if your health was your actual real-life job? Imagine if you treated your fitness, nutrition, and overall well-being with the same dedication and discipline as you do your livelihood. Would you make better choices and put in the necessary effort to achieve optimal health?
When we consider our healthy lifestyle as a job, it changes our perspective. Just like in our professional lives, we prioritize tasks, set goals, and work towards achieving them. What if you treated your body like a work project, and you were the manager?
If you think about it like that, fitness becomes your job. Just like how you attend meetings and complete tasks at work, you should prioritize regular and consistent exercise. You can choose activities that challenge you and help you improve, just like you seek professional growth opportunities. Whether it’s going for a run, joining a fitness class, or lifting weights, approach your workouts with the same commitment and enthusiasm as you do your job.
Then nutrition becomes an important part of your responsibilities as well. Instead of eating unhealthy meals, you should plan and prepare nutritious food. And just like you make informed decisions at work, educate yourself about healthy eating habits and choose foods that nurture and energize you.
Your health would be a very important factor for your success in this job. You would regularly see doctors and therapists as part of your performance review. You would focus on preventing health issues and actively work on improving and maintaining your well-being.
Why you should make “You” your Job
Anyone who has tried to commit to a healthier lifestyle knows that the battle is often more mental than physical. Busy schedules can make it a challenge to be consistent.
This got me thinking; “What is the one thing in my life that is consistent no matter if I want to do it or not?”. The answer was my job. I get up to go to work, whether I am tired or don’t want to. I have to make money to support my life, but I have to take care of myself to have a life to support.
By prioritizing your healthy lifestyle like you do your job, you have the chance to accomplish your goals. Just as you set goals and milestones in your professional life, you can set targets for your physical and mental health. Whether it’s getting fit, losing weight, or improving your mental health, you can track your progress and celebrate your accomplishments.
Treating your health as your livelihood can lead to better choices and a more focused effort. It reminds you to take care of yourself and invest in your well-being. So why not embrace the role of a dedicated health professional and make your body, mind, and soul your top priorities? The benefits are countless, and the outcomes could be truly remarkable.
Areas in your Life to Make Your Job
I have been transparent about my health journey and know the importance of prioritizing my health. As a result, I have identified three areas in life you must prioritize and treat like it’s your job.
Job 1 – Exercise
Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. If you’re physically active, your heart gets trained to beat slower and stronger, so it needs less oxygen to function well; your arteries get stronger, so they push your blood along better and prevent high blood pressure.
Muscles that are used to being active stay more receptive to insulin, which means exercise helps prevent diabetes. Exercise changes the way the brain functions and can reduce the symptoms of depression. Exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, and it only takes an effort to make a real difference, even if it is pretty minimal.
How to make exercise your job – There’s nothing worse than doing an exercise or using a piece of exercise equipment you don’t enjoy. Over time you may lose interest in your training sessions. Find an activity you enjoy doing and just do it. Just like you make yourself go to work, you have to make yourself exercise.
Job 2 – Eat Balance Diet
A balanced diet supplies the nutrients your body needs to work effectively. Without balanced nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, and fatigue. A balanced diet means choosing various foods from different food groups.
Eating a full range of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from various foods improves your immune system and may even help prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. We must teach our kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle to break generational habits. A balanced diet is crucial for children and adolescents because as the body grows, it is essential to receive the proper nutrients, so the body grows at the right pace.
How to make having a balanced diet your job – Everyone has to eat to survive, making it even harder to eat the right foods all the time to sustain and maximize your survival. Try including these tips to ensure a balanced diet:
- Add a fruit or vegetable to every meal. Aim to eat 30 different plants every week because this will ensure a variety of nutrients in your gut.
- Eat a variety of whole grains like whole-wheat bread and brown rice.
- Eat quality protein consisting of fish, poultry, beans, and nuts. Limit red meat and cheese to once a week and avoid processed meats.
Job 3 – Get your Annual Physical
Annual physical exams are essential to your ongoing health, regardless of age. Visiting your doctor for regular preventive care is one of the best ways to identify and treat health issues before they worsen.
My life was saved due to an annual physical that I finally decided not to skip one year. My blood work showed that my liver was shutting down due to all the weight I had gained. I had no idea that I was slowly killing myself.
Benefits of an Annual Checkup:
- Assess risk for future health issues – When you get an annual exam, you can identify slight signs of any disease, which is likely to develop in the future or even get severe.
- Treat early stages of health conditions – Having a blood test can detect the early stages of some diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
- Help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle – Once you have the knowledge you can find resources that can bring enhanced health and noticeable changes.
If you take these three areas of life and treat them like it’s your livelihood, you will notice an enhanced quality of life.
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