Becoming a healthy leader takes work. You have to create healthy habits that will stick with you for extended periods of time.
These habits will help keep you on track for success. They’ll remind you of what you need to do, even when you don’t want to do the healthy thing.
But how do you create healthy habits that will help you become a healthy leader? We’re going to look at it in this article.
How to Create Healthy Habits as a Leader
Healthy habits are the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Once you’ve replaced your unhealthy habits with healthy habits, staying healthy becomes a lot easier.
But overcoming those unhealthy habits can be tough. The old, unhealthy habits want you to do the wrong thing. They want you to overeat or quit exercising. So, what can you do about the unhealthy habits?
You replace them with healthy habits.
Figure out what works for you:
There’s a plethora of exercises and habits you can take on to become healthy. Not all of those habits will fit with your lifestyle.
You need to try and experiment with the various healthy habits that are out there. See what habits you enjoy. See which ones you despise (there will be activities you absolutely detest!).
Start working on the habits you enjoy. If you enjoy running, go for a run. Maybe running is not your thing, so you try tennis and love playing tennis. Or you enjoy spending time out in the woods. Go for a hike.
Find what you like and begin doing those things. They’ll stick because you like them!
Replace unhealthy food with healthy food options:
A big struggle for me and others I have talked with has been breaking the habit of eating unhealthy food. It is easy to keep junk food like peanut M&Ms (one of my favorites) or candy bars around for a quick snack.
Ripping open a bag of M&Ms is so satisfying. It’s also not the healthiest choice you can make.
So, begin to replace those unhealthy foods in your home with healthy choices. Stop buying candy bars, ice cream and cookies. Instead, purchase nuts (Aldi’s has amazing chili-lime cashews that are a great choice), fresh fruit and veggies (you ever do celery and peanut butter? To die for!), or granola.
Keep these healthy food choices in your house instead of the junk food.
Post your why:
Your why is critical to creating healthy habits as a leader. If you don’t know why you’re striving to be healthier, you won’t have the motivation behind you to keep going when you’re feeling discouraged.
Create a meaningful image with your why described on it. Print out the image and your why. Then post it on your wall.
Keep your why in plain view so you can revisit it throughout your day. Drill your why into your head. When you begin to see your why, you’ll feel motivated to keep at your healthy habits.
Doing these three things will help you create the healthy habits that will give you a better life and more focus for your leadership. Don’t neglect your health, rather fight for it and live a better life!
Question: How do you create healthy habits as a leader?
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