If you’re the leader of your company and pressed for time, here is why your health is critical to your role and how you can fit into your day.
It’s no secret today’s leaders are pressed for time; between family and business, every waking hour is typically accounted for. This makes taking time out for oneself, let alone working out a near impossibility.
In an article published earlier this year on Inc.com, a recent study shows that most executive staff is waking up between 5 and 6 AM. What are they doing with their pre-office hours? “Some go to the gym..” reports Margaret Heffernan. That’s right, most disciplined CEO’s are fighting off the urge to open their inboxes and start firing off emails to workout. Daniel Friedman CEO, WMGNA says “Fitness training daily gives me the physical and mental energy that has been integral to my success as a CEO“. Additionally, Jacob Brandon V.P. of Brandon Smith Reporting & Video feels that “as a Vice President, I need to keep my mind and body working as one. I have many people relying on my performance and problem solving ability every day.. I need to be firing on all cylinders, and that means keeping my body fit“. Both Friedman and Brandon make sure to incorporate some form of fitness into their daily routines. While Friedman states that he most often works out during pre-office hours, Brandon opts instead to workout in the early afternoon commenting that “Working out midday helps me recharge and get back to work ready to make the second half of the day as productive as possible”. The idea of lacking time to ensure an individuals wellness is more an issue of prioritizing, not lacking time.
The idea of Executive leadership engaging in fitness and wellness activities has benefits that reach further than the individual. When the executive engagement team is involved fitness and wellness activities, it encourages the people they lead to make time for wellness. For Friedman and his team at WMGNA, they make it a priority to participate in local road races to promote wellness at their workplace. For wellness programs to succeed, leadership must focus on two necessary components, employee engagement and top-down support. When Executive leadership is focused on these two components, a culture of health is inevitable resulting in a healthier, more productive workforce.