Every soloist has different strategies and objectives but the time spent on marketing, networking, planning and so on all helps the soloist towards their goal.

As a soloist, you can get plenty of advice on plenty of things to help your business function, but what can be done to ensure healthy living so that you - the individual - function at 100%?

If you are not feeling 100%, then how can you expect your business to run at 100%? How can you expect your life to run at 100%?

It is easy to slip into some bad lifestyle habits, especially when you are busy. The tricky part is that sometimes it can be hard to recognise that your health might have slipped.

Keep an eye on yourself and follow some of these simple tips for healthy living in life and work.

1. Enjoy a wide range of high quality food

Try and eat a wide variety of foods, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Generally speaking, the less processed and the fresher something is, the more nutrient dense. It is really good to minimise the amount of processed foods in your diet.

Also the more food types you can eat the wider the range of nutrients you will get. It is also important to eat 3 to 6 regular meals during the day so don’t skip breakfast or lunch, keep the fires burning!

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2. Regular exercise and stretching

Regular exercise keeps your body finely tuned by increasing your energy levels, improving mental function, reducing high blood pressure and improving your cardiovascular health.

Also try some regular stretching during the day, especially if you spend hours on end in front of a computer. Your back and neck will love you for it.

Both exercising and stretching increases blood flow and so helps to get those creative juices flowing.

3. Minimise stress, have fun and relax

Maintaining high levels of stress in your work and life is a definite recipe for ill health. In simple terms, stress eventually wears out the body.

Plenty of exercise and healthy food is a good start for minimising stress. Remember to have plenty of fun at work as well in your life. And really try and find some moments in your working time to simply relax.

4. Drink water

Water is an amazingly important part in allowing you to run at 100%. Your body is about 55% to 60% water, and every important thing in your body needs water. Not consuming enough water can lead to headaches and fatigue. Try and aim for 2 litres in regular amounts ever day. If you can only manage to make one healthy living change from my suggestions, make this one.

A lot of us know the things we should do, but we often struggle to take it on board and make it happen. In future articles I will drill down on these simple points and give some good reasons why healthy living is the best business investment you can make.

Note: The information in this article should not replace the advice of a competent health care or nutrition professional, and it is only intended for information purposes only.

“ It is easy to slip into some bad lifestyle habits, especially when you are busy. ”
 
Justin Zachan

Justin Zachan runs Jazz Design, a digital consultancy that specialises in providing creative thinking to develop innovative online and digital strategies and solutions. Justin also has a strong interest in health and lifestyle.

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