I've been looking for concrete evidence of the affect of physical work on career success for a while and a few weeks ago I was given "The Making of a Corporate Athlete", written by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz in The Harvard Business Review back in 2001. These two extraordinary gentlemen brought an elite athlete preparation and training protocol to CEOs and high level executives to dramatically improve work performance as well as enhance health and happiness in their lives.
The High Performance Pyramid
They work to a principle called The High Performance Pyramid. Their model shows that building on rituals of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components helps CEOs and high level execs excel at peak performance under pressure. Notice that physical movement is the FOUNDATION! Effective, vigorous exercise can promote a sense of emotional well-being which leads to peak mental performance that affirms our purpose for doing what we do and living how we live.
A Real Example
One of my clients is a truly hard working jet setting executive of a big company. He came to me years ago with back problems which are now under control. After we'd fixed his back issues he set his goals on gaining strength and getting fit. Occasionally he misses his regular bi weekly sessions due to work travel. He always returns and says the same thing to me, "KT, I just function better at work with my regular workouts. My head is clearer, I have more energy and motivation. Without my regular workouts I start to get depressed and frustrated towards the end of the week. I don't know why but exercise just works for me." He also notes that his work capacity, mental and emotional well being and energy are consistently higher and serve him better when he regularly exercises.
What You Can Do
1. Look at your surroundings near work and home. Do you want to workout at home or in a gym or outside? Factor in travel time to and from a gym or the park.
2. Look at your work week and see where you can make 2 x 1 hours slots for your workouts. There are 168 hours in a week - you can take 2 hours to improve your performance at work and increase and maintain your health and fitness. Before and after work are possibilities as well as a lunch time slot. Don't forget your weekends!
3. Seek out an experienced and qualified personal trainer who can plan your programme and progress you appropriately. All you need to do is show up!
4. Stick to it. Commit to a set period of time - I like 12 weeks and notice what happens! It won't take long for you to start enjoying the benefits of regular exercise in the office as well as in your personal life.
KT developed the Career Climber Programme to help people in business and executives maintain the exercise part of their performance under pressure with engaging, fun workouts that are bespoke to the individuals fitness needs. All you need to do is show up - the rest is done for you. For more information please contact KT on 07515 856009 or email KT@precisionmovement.co.uk.