Best Practices, Operations

Health and Shed Building

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“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.” — Jim Rohn

In May of 2016, my shed business was going full-speed ahead, and I was working tirelessly to keep up with my demanding schedule. 

I remember that I gradually began to feel more fatigued than usual and had nagging headaches more often than I had previously. I just pushed through the pain like most of us do, and I continued to grind it out. By the end of the week, I noticed I was light-headed and my motor skills were not quite right. 

To make a long story short, I woke up the next morning feeling sicker than I have ever felt in my life. I was feeling so poorly that my wife called my brothers-in-law to come over to help her take me to the emergency room. After a few tests, they told me that my blood pressure was really high and I was on the cusp of having a stroke! 

By the grace of God, I did not have a stroke, but I was left with the realization that I had to make some health and lifestyle changes in order to be the best version of me that I could be. You see, you will either discipline your health, or your health is going to discipline you! That is why I am sharing what happened to me, and the better choices I have implemented in my life. 

I encourage you to be more aware of your health. Here are some simple things that you can do to better your health and your overall performance. I strive to do them myself.

Get enough sleep. The recommended amount of sleep for an adult is seven to eight hours per night. Simply put, your body needs rest. Looking back, I was averaging only five to six hours per night and it eventually caught up to me. 

It is also recommended that you try to limit the difference in your sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends to no more than one hour. The lack of sleep can weaken your Immune system, cause you to gain weight, and it also increases your chances of having a heart attack or a stroke. 

Studies also show that a lack of sleep increases your chances of getting certain types of cancer. So, yes, getting the right amount of sleep is vital to your overall health, and it’s free!

Drink enough water. Lack of hydration is one of the leading causes of fatigue. It causes your body to expend extra energy to maintain water balance. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult male should consume 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids per day. It is recommended that adult women consume 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids per day. 

I have developed the habit of having a bottle of water next to me and constantly sipping on it throughout the day. Drinking more water can also help you lose weight and help to clean out your system. I have experienced improvements in my health by adding more water to my day and I recommend that you do the same. It’s virtually free as well!

Exercise. Although I spend time walking around my sales lot, I also sit at my desk working as a lot of us tend to do. And when you sit for long periods of time, you tend to become lethargic and your muscles get tight. 

Studies show that adults should get a minimum of 45-60 minutes of vigorous activity a day such as walking/jogging, aerobic dancing, and jumping rope. For me, I either jog on my treadmill or around my neighborhood in the evening. 

When I am jogging, I am sweating which is great! Sweating is one of your body’s ways of getting rid of toxins. They say the key to exercise is that “some is better than none”.  I have developed the habit of jogging and I truly look forward to it now. Exercise is free as well.

Give your body nutrition. This is the hardest one of the four things because you have to do a little planning, and it is more expensive to eat healthily. The cheapest food is the most-unhealthy food, unfortunately. 

According to studies, we are supposed to be consuming a diet of fruits and vegetables; lean meat, fish, or poultry; milk; and grains. Leading up to when I got sick, I would grab a hamburger, fries, and a Coke for lunch. Now, I bring an apple to work with me, and I am totally fine with it. 

I seldom ever leave my business for lunch. This allows me to stay healthy and increase my sales! Don’t get me wrong, I still eat the foods that I love, but I eat reasonable portions and hold myself accountable.

Outside of my prayer life, staying healthy for my family and business is a top priority for me. I hope you make your health a top priority as well.

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