Making The Cut

By Scott and Jennifer Fontana

Making The Cut

Making the Cut: Benefits of a Healthier Lifestyle

When you’re a small business owner, work tends to comes first. The perseverance it takes to workout, eat well and get enough sleep may seem too difficult to fit in your daily activities.  However, living a healthier lifestyle is extremely important to bringing your best self to work every day and running your business successfully. With a few small changes and a little extra effort, you can live a healthier lifestyle and see the correlation of a more successful business, happier team and overall more positive morale in the workplace.

Diet: Your diet is one of the most important things, yet can be the first thing to go when  you rushing around running a business. It’s all too easy to grab fast food or a slice of pizza when lunchtime gets cut short. Take the time to grocery shop on the weekends and stock up on healthy options- vegetables, lean proteins and whole grain snacks so when hunger strikes, you have healthy choices. Another option is to have your fresh healthy groceries delivered to your doorstep with services like Winder Farms, taking the extra step of grocery shopping out of the equation.  If you need to grab food on the run, try stopping by Whole Foods, Trader Joes or Mother’s Market for a quick, nutritious meal that will keep you going through the day. At Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, we are lucky to be next to Whole Foods, where we visit constantly to pick up green smoothies, wheat grass shots or a piece of fruit to keep our energy sustained and keep us alert throughout the day.

Exercise: Exercise is the easiest lifestyle choice to cut when long work hours take over your day. However, exercise is pertinent to your health, both mental and physical, and can kick start your day better than any cup of coffee. It only takes 20 minutes a few times a week to make a big difference. You can also learn a few different tricks to utilize at the office, like taking 10 minute walking breaks, sitting on a medicine ball instead of your chair or doing a set of pushups and sit-ups during a break. Other options are to park farther away when you go to lunch, take the stairs instead of the elevator or ride your bike to work. The more consistently you add exercise into your life, the quicker it will become a lifestyle choice rather than a chore. Your employees will thank you when you come to work in a better mood!

Sleep: It is all too common to get used to 4 or 5 hours of sleep per night when you’re a business owner. Not only is tiredness and drowsiness a leading cause of car accidents, but it can affect the workplace by halting productivity.  Coming into work tired day after day can also cause the office morale to be lower, warrant unwanted negativity or just make it tough to get work done. Even with kids, a dog and running a salon, we make it a priority to get a full night’s sleep so we come in to the salon with feeling good and ready to take on the day.

What good habits do you follow to live a healthier lifestyle?

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