A Healthy Lifestyle Leads To Success

As a former college football player, my world revolved around my health. Every man on the roster knew they were one play away from losing their spot or worse, their scholarship. If you’re not strong enough to make the tackle, or too slow to keep up with an opponent, or too winded in the fourth quarter, everything you’ve worked for could be in jeopardy.

It’s easy to live a healthy lifestyle when a sport is your job, but even though my playing days are behind me, I’m here to say it’s crucial no matter what you do. Dedicating more time to your wellness will accelerate your success. Mental clarity as a result of meditation can lead to better decision making. Getting enough sleep leads to higher productivity. Our health is one of the few things we have control over. Anything within our power that affects our success is something we must take seriously.

We read stories and watch interviews about how our favorite personalities obtain success. They talk of working long hours into the night and forgetting to eat meals. Although you do have to change what you spend your time on and habits, your health should never take a back seat.

Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders once said, “If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.” So take care of yourself, and you’ll get that big payday.

With the constant influx of health news and ever-changing lifestyle recommendations, it can be tricky to know whether your daily habits are actually healthy. But there are a handful of tests you and your doctor can do that will indicate whether you are doing the best for your health or whether you need to improve. As usual, 6.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep each night, a healthy diet and frequent exercise are crucial. You should do strength training twice a week and eat a diet chock-full of vitamin-rich foods such as salmon, walnuts and berries.

You know all that. You try to do all that. You look good and feel OK. But how healthy are you, really?

To know for sure, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you always have an annual physical. A yearly visit to your primary care doctor is excellent because not only does it allow your doctor to detect your health patterns year over year, but it also lets you learn about the latest health trends and get advice from your doctor if you’re looking to change your exercise regimen or medications. Plus you’ll be able to track your status relative to the most important measures of health. Make sure these baseline numbers are in check at your annual appointment. Make sure you provide yourself with an enriched environment for the best mental and physical health.


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