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Three Components to Executive Fitness

The information is out there. According to the Public Health Reports from Washington D.C.,“the strongest evidence suggests that physical activity and exercise probably alleviate some symptoms associated with mild to moderate depression. The evidence also suggests that physical activity and exercise might provide a beneficial adjunct for alcoholism and substance abuse programs; improve self-image, social skills, and cognitive functioning; reduce the symptoms of anxiety; and alter aspects of coronary-prone (Type A) behavior and physiological response to stressors.”

This information can only lead the busy executive to ponder the question “How can I make this happen for me?” Here are three key components that need to be addressed in every executive’s fitness plan.

Get a Plan:“Failure to plan is planning to fail”

Hire a fitness professional to develop a plan.Schedule your workouts the same as business activities.

A goal oriented plan that is consistently done is the recipe for success.

Get a Partner: “Misery Loves Company”
Look close to home first. Involve significant others and friends.Join a training group or utilize a group fitness class
Accountability to others is a great tool to keep you motivated and engaged.

Get a Purpose: “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”

What’s the purpose of exercise?

To be a healthy role model for family members. To extend quality of life. To be more productive at home and at work.

Find a concept that will drive you to make the commitment needed.

When an executive implements these three components to their fitness plan, success is increased will extend well beyond both the gym and office.

By Wray Watkins, BS, CSCS