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Five Tips For Small Business Owners And Professionals To Improve Your Health And Productivity

3 Jan 2013 | Personal Productivity


Red apple - Image credit:’s always a popular time of the year for new diets and new resolutions to “get fit” and “eat healthier”. And being healthy, vitalised and energised has an impact on your productivity too. But how do you fit it into the reality of a busy working schedule?

Here are some quick tips in this guest blog post from Anna Mason of The Healthy Employee and Distance Dieters:


Five Tips For Small Business Owners And Professionals To Improve Your Health And Productivity

(Because you don’t have the time for ten!)

As a small business owner it is an easy mistake to focus all your time and energy on your company and neglect your own personal needs.

As many of us know the pressures of running a business are considerable, and there is often no let up. However, it is important to remember that it becomes increasingly harder to work to the best of your abilities if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle.

Let’s take a look at what you can do to stay healthy, happy and productive:

1. Exercise

Don’t spend too much time in the gym. You don’t need to spend an hour on the treadmill when 15 to 20 minutes of interval training will do it. Work hard for a short space of time, this will help to build muscle, kick in the endorphins and burn fat. Interval training is the way to go for fat loss and time poor people.

2. Diet

To stay healthy a good diet is crucial to your lifestyle. However, you may find that it is difficult to eat well at work, especially if you eat at your desk or between meetings. Ditch the junk food and eat three meals plus two healthy snacks per day.

3. Food

Remove all the processed foods from your diet. Processed foods make you fat and sluggish. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein fish, meat, eggs and cheese (in moderation). Drink 1.5/2 litres of water per day. Reduce your tea and coffee to just a couple of cups per day.

4. Attitude

Attitude plays an important role in fat loss, exercise and a healthy lifestyle. If you carry on doing the same things you will get the same results, we all know that. A change of lifestyle requires effort and a positive attitude.

5. Forward planning

This is the biggest and best tip. Improving your health and productivity requires forward planning. Invest ten minutes per day into planning your food and your exercise. This is what you do every day to ensure the smooth running of your business. Plan it, buy it, eat it…be healthier and run a fitter business as a result.

To improve your health and productivity call Anna for a free consultation on 0845 533 5302 or email

Image credit: StefanG81


  1. Naomi Richards

    For me exercise is key and I have to do some every day. Even if it means running up and down the stairs or doing 30 minutes at the gym. Clears the mind.

    • Grace Marshall

      That’s why I love running – it’s easy to get to and no travelling time or costs! Good point about the stairs – an easy win if you can’t (or don’t want to) get out of the house! Thanks Naomi

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I coach, train, write and speak on productivity. I help people adopt new ways of working and thinking about their work to replace stress, overwhelm and frustration with success, sanity and satisfaction.

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