I work 10 and sometimes up to 14 hours a day. I think I know what foods are healthy and I know exercise is good for me, but I don’t do it. My dilemma is that I am constantly overwhelmed with solving business-related problems instead of taking care of my well being. I appreciate any advice you can give.

— David D., Westlake Village

As you may already know, being healthy and maintaining high energy is an ongoing challenge for many executives. Perhaps to your surprise, countless mothers and celebrities share this same problem. The great news is that there is a way for you to continue to excel as an executive and also embrace a lifestyle that is consistent with optimizing health and increasing energy.

Time is of the essence

The number-one reason people don’t engage in a regular exercise program is because he or she does not feel they have the time. The same is true when it comes to planning healthful meals and snacks. It’s just far easier to merge into a fast-food drive through or have hurry-up-and-go food delivered to the office.

What many executives don’t realize is that it takes less time to be healthy and it’s easier to excel in business when you take time to exercise. You may be wondering how this can be. Well, it begins with how you think — how you perceive life and its relationship to energy. What I mean by this is that progress is also made when we have a healthy attitude about what we perceive as being healthy, so progress is not merely about the physical effort we put into being healthy.

I don’t want to scare you off by sharing my What the Bleep philosophies; however, the most common discovery many of my executive clientele experience is that eating healthfully and making time for exercise is not a hindrance, but a piece of good fortune. Case in point: When you exercise you get more oxygen to your brain and the creative juices flow more rapidly. When you eat healthfully you are more likely to maintain high energy levels and feel good on the inside, which will manifest itself on the outside. So instead of spending excess hours in a stuffy office with hopes of solving a problem, take 30 minutes and go for a walk or lift some weights — just be sure to have a note pad with you.

Energy is bliss

It’s no secret that exercise induces energy, but comes in second to the positive power of eating healthfully. This is no secret, as such greats as Albert Einstein, Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale and the master teacher from Galilee, Jesus Christ, all agreed that what you eat largely determines where you will peak.

My recommendation is for you to integrate fitness and nutrition into your businesslike way of thinking. By implementing a strategy to eating healthfully and exercising regularly, you are more likely to support a goal of balance in life, as well as become the executive and/or mother you most want to be!