Teacher’s jobs can be enriching and rewarding, but at the same time, can also be stressful. You may have lots of opportunities to exercise your brain, but working for long periods would not give sufficient time to taking care of your physical fitness. There is enough evidence to indicate a direct link between physical fitness and mental health.
In other words, if you want to be mentally active to handle all the challenges you face at school, you must take steps to stay fit.
A healthy start to the day
Commence your day by drinking water instead of tea or coffee. Drinking water helps to keep your body hydrated and assists in removing toxins. Water also helps in waking you up than any other beverage. Also, keep drinking water throughout the day.
Eat at the right time.
Breakfast is an essential meal in a day. Never skip it. Having breakfast ensures you have the energy required to complete your work throughout the day. Going to school feeling hungry would not help anyone.
Be active at school
If you have to spend long hours at school, taking care of academic assignments in support of students' success, why not transform it into quality time. Ensure you are involved in different activities at school – sports, school trips, extracurricular programs, etc. You would not only be in a better condition physically but also connect well with students.
Create a workout program at home
Taking care of your physical health does not have to involve any extensive health programs. You may not have the time to go to a gym. You can replace a gym session with an effective home workout program. Thus, you can customize your workout to your specific requirements without disrupting your busy work schedule.
Get up early
Getting up early in the day has positive effects on your health. Start your day soon, and go for a morning walk. You would feel energized to manage your heavy workload throughout the day.
Incorporate physical activity into your commute
You have to go to school and do your job every day. Cycling to school would be a practical option. You would stay fit and also set an example for your students to follow.
Introduce short bursts of physical exercise
Some research work indicates that incorporating short bursts of activity (even for a minute) in your daily work schedule can be useful in enhancing your overall fitness and health. A minute or two of workout interspersed throughout the day can do wonders for your health.
Keep moving around in the classroom.
Don't be sedentary. Keep moving around in the classroom. It would not only keep your muscles healthy but also ensure your students stay alert. Walking strengthens your heart, maintains your weight, boosts your energy, and helps you stay positive.
Sleep for 8 hours a day, and eat healthily. Avoid junk foods. For instant energy, you can have fruits, dry fruits, nut bars, etc.