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Can some healthy changes earn you more money? We think so

Published on Thursday 27 November 2014 in The Shoestring Marketing Blog

Can some healthy changes earn you more money? We think so

Healthy body, healthy business.

At Vanarama, we understand that you all lead busy lives, running your business. What if we were to say that being healthier could earn you more money? Taking a sick day costs you money, but thinking about your diet and exercise may be the last thing on your mind. We aim to give you some ideas for better food choices and exercises to help you remain at your best, and have less time off sick.

Easy food swaps

The British fry-up is a staple in many diets, however it's probably not the best thing for us! With over 500 calories for a fried egg, fried bread, sausage, bacon and beans, let alone over 20 grams of fat, it's not setting you up for the best start to the day. If you're not keen to let go of your morning meal, why not try a healthier alternative? Poached eggs on wholegrain toast with grilled mushrooms and tomatoes is better, at just over 200 calories and approximately 10 grams of fat.

There are some easy food swaps that you can do to reduce your calorie and fat intake. Why not try swapping white bread for wholemeal, cheddar cheese for reduced-fat cheese, full fat yoghurt for fat free versions, and swap the frying pan for a grill!

But it's not just about the foods we eat. A healthy lifestyle includes eating right and exercising regularly. Exercise can have other benefits to you, other than just a smaller waist line! Research has shown that regular exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.*

Feeling good

Exercise has the ability to make you feel great because when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body, so feeling positive and energised can have a positive effect on your outlook on life. Exercise increases your energy levels, lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress. So if you've had a particularly stressful day at work, there's nothing better for you than a workout.

When you turn up for work the first thing your clients notices is your van, the second is you. First impressions are everything, so apart from having a shiny new van, you're clearly fit, happy and healthy enough to do the job.

I don't have the time

It is recommended that adults participate in a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise each week. Brisk walks, jogging and joining the gym can all be effective in raising your heart rate and burning those calories. However, if after a long day at work you don't want to head off to the gym to work out, there are other ways that you can increase your exercise in everyday life. Try not to use escalators or lifts and take the stairs where possible. This could burn up to 12 calories, opposed to 2 calories when using the lift. When driving to the supermarket, instead of trying to find a car parking space nearer the shops, park further away and walk the distance. Mowing the lawn each week can also count towards your exercise routine!

The most important way to stay healthy is to know your limits. Watch what you eat, get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly, giving you the best chance of staying healthy and in turn being healthy for work.

For those of you who want to make a change, have a look at this great YouTube video for exercises whilst using your van!

*NHS guidelines.