January 5, 2017
At MRA Associates, we have made a commitment to our clients to serve them well, always acting in their best interests, and leveraging our experience and expertise to help them be ‘financially fit’. We also recognize how important it is to invest in one’s health and physical well-being. Amidst the daily challenges, scheduling conflicts, and overall life obstacles, a healthy lifestyle is often too easily moved to the back burner. Just as we cannot expect good results if we neglect our financial portfolio, we should not expect good results if we neglect our health.
Productivity, physical and emotional well-being, and quality of life are all things society values that are inseparable from overall health, and these are equally valued by our team at MRA Associates. In support of better overall health, we are taking steps to improve the health of our employees by participating in fitness events (such as the Fit Company Challenge) and stocking our break room with healthy snacks (including fruits and vegetables) while encouraging our team members to have a healthy work-life balance.
Below are some actions for you to consider to help you improve your current health profile while stepping into the new year.
Start a Food Journal
“How do I know what to work on, if I don’t know where I’m at?”
Accept the challenge: keep a food journal for a week and meticulously write down everything you are eating. This means EVERYTHING. Even those “two bites” of a dessert while dining out.
- Assign Calories, Fat, Carbs and Protein A great way to assess where you should improve is a lot like evaluating investment data. What’s over performing, what’s flat, what needs improvement?
- Start Small Being overwhelmed and deprived is probably the number one reason people fail at improving their health through diet and fitness. It is not easy. Assign goals, cross one off at a time, and keep working until you have successfully adopted better habits.
Track and Schedule Exercise
“I run a few times a week, and I haven’t been able to drop this extra weight.”
One thing that the human body does impeccably well is adapt. Since the beginning of time, humans have adapted to environment. The body will stop responding the ‘stress’ of a workout if the workout remains the same.
- Treat Workouts Like a Meeting Time to exercise should be scheduled on your calendar just like any other meeting, doctor’s appointment, or special dinner with friends. If it is important, it’s on the calendar. Do not reschedule!
- Track Efforts Keeping track of the type of exercise, duration, and any special considerations (“felt exhausted”, “sleeping better!”) will help gauge success and areas for improvement.
- Switch It Up Keep the body guessing. Your body will not become complacent and stop developing if you change up your routine. Incorporate a yoga class, a spin class, different strength training and more to add ‘spice’ to any workout routine. Don’t forget that rest days are important. Without proper rest and recovery, the body will go into ‘fight mode’, fighting to hold onto fat and resistant to boosting metabolism.
It is important to remember that everyone is different and there is no one magical workout or diet that is perfect for everyone. Key obstacles to achieving optimal health include stress, unhappiness, environmental factors, and lack of determination. It is never too late to run an internal diagnostic to evaluate what is working and what are the best areas for improvement. Of course, before implementing any major change that affects one’s health, it is important to consult with your doctor.
Cheers to good health!