Achievable Health Tips for Corporate Professionals

Let’s face it – we are not going to get 8 hours of sleep every single night – and we are not going to be able to make it for every meal on time. We are definitely not going to stop eating outside food and god forbid if someone asks us to create a routine of our daily tasks.

So we have crossed 30 – [or maybe 40] – and we are in our prime age of work and socializing. The next 20 years will define us – and it will also define our health for the 20 years that will come after that. Let’s be practical and think we will live to be about 70 and scientists will not come up with a solution for aging in the next 40 years [which actually may just happen – fingers crossed].
So how are we going to remain healthy for the 20 years of work and the next 20 years of “battling for life”?

I am going to list a few achievable things you can do to make sure that you remain at least somewhat healthy for the said 40 years – after that it’s up to your genes and also up to how seriously you take this article. If you are a technology/software worker – you have no hope unless you exercise at least a little bit.

So here’s the list:

Brush your teeth twice a day
Yes… it’s the same advice your parents have probably given you a million times – but this is very important for your oral hygiene. If you smoke – it’s even more important. If you are a smoker and are in the mood for some “why you should quit” advice – you can read this article. Smoking is the main cause of throat and oral cancers.

Sleep at least 6 hours
Can’t make it 8 – do 6. That will keep you somewhat healthy and happy. The better you feel the better will be the quality of work – and naturally [in most cases] you will make more money. Here’s a great video about how sleeping is good for productivity – it’s one of the TED talks and it really did help me realize the importance of sleep.

Here’s the video

Get a REAL doctor
One of the weird things I’ve noticed is that people perceive doctors who prescribe a lot of medicines to be “good” doctors when actually the OPPOSITE is true. Doctors who prefer giving less medicines are much better for you. The more medicines you consume the more you are killing your body’s natural immune system – medicines should be consumed only when you have no other option – and some doctors will spend that little bit of extra time to assess your condition instead of directly prescribing powerful antibiotics and pain killers.

You should know that pain killers and antibiotics should be consumed with utmost care – when you consume a particular antibiotic – the same medicine is less effective the next time for the same kind of infection. Similarly painkillers are heavy on your kidneys and will damage them much more quickly – and have other side effects too. If you have never seen the procedure called dialysis for kidney patients – I suggest you don’t.

Drink Water – enough of it
Drinking water helps – one it rehydrates your body – so you feel better – and two it helps remove toxins from your body. It’s a simple thing to do – drink enough water. 2 litres a day should get you through.

Don’t drink water after or during meals
This is again important – when you drink water right after or during meals it coagulates the oil in the food and dilutes the stomach juices secreted by your organs making it more difficult to digest. If you HAVE TO drink some water – take a small sip or better if you drink some warm tea. Warm beverages after or during meals is better than cold water.

Better to not eat than to eat JUNK
If you are out on work and need to eat – and you haven’t brought home cooked lunch – it’s best to not eat or nibble on some packed hygienic cakes or biscuits unless you happen to find a nice hygienic vegetarian place to eat. Why vegetarian – because it’s cheaper and it has less chances of having rotten ingredients – vegetables are cheaper and has a decent profit margin for food vendors. It’s best to stick to vegetarian unless its a well known restaurant eager to maintain their name and fame.

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this article is based on personal experience. Any advice taken should be authenticated by your health practitioner. We will not be responsible for any damage caused to your teeth or any other organs.

  • Good points discussed for professional who are so focussed in their jobs that they ignore the health quotient of their working lives. Few learning’s that I gained while managing an employee health week is shared as below:
    1. Employees were required to travel onsite, hence live in different time zones. The impact from the change in the environment would be extreme when the employees use to ignore the health cues. The food and sleep were quintessential to manage a good health. Ignoring these two used to create long term health concerns.
    2. The employees who did not travel and remain stationed in one place had a completely different issue. They used to feel, they are living a balanced life. Yet was equally stressed as the daily routine would keep getting changed.
    3. The best input we received from the Health-care team was ‘Listen to your body’. If you have a back pain check you posture several times a day.
    4. Educate yourself on health concerns that you are most susceptible to. Identify the early warning sign. Avoid pushing yourself to limits and find a supplement. Such as use trolley bags for laptop rather than a heavy back-pack.
    5. Enrol for a health check-up at a regular interval. A timely identification cures the problem.
    6. Not everyone will have time for meditation, so continuously planning for it will not help. Rather inculcating breathing techniques designed for busy people including, deep breathing and slow breathing several times a day would help to maintain a balance.