As every busy attorney knows, it is not easy to eat healthfully or maintain a regular exercise regime, even at the best of times. Grocery shopping and cooking are not necessarily at the top of one’s list of things to do, especially after a busy day at the office. Similarly, finding the time to go to the gym for any significant amount of time is also out of the question for most of us. As attorneys, we are managing a heavy workload during the week and then playing catch-up on the weekend with all the things we have put off during the week, plus, of course, trying to find time to relax and recharge when we can.
However, not getting enough nutrients and exercise can have an adverse effect on not only our physical health but also our mental well-being. Our brains require sufficient nutrients to function normally. According to Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, proper nutrition is essential for normal cognition (thinking skills). This is pretty important in our profession! The vitamins and minerals contained in fruits and vegetables can help with cognition and memory. Registered dietitian Joy Bauer notes that the more produce we eat, the better our memory will be. Furthermore, in order to concentrate and stay alert, we need a steady supply of glucose, or sugar, which comes from carbohydrates. And, of course, it is wise to limit fast food, which tends to be high in fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Like good nutrition, exercise is extremely important. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise has positive effects on weight, health, mood, and sleep. And exercise, the American Heart Association asserts, can also help a person live longer.
So, what is a busy attorney to do? Below are five easy tips for eating right and another five tips for incorporating exercise into a hectic schedule.