Being the Chief Executive Officer of a company comes with a plethora of responsibilities; all of which make it next-to-impossible to make time for other activities, let alone one’s own physique. After all, you are running a company, which is trouble enough, and you don’t need the physical exhaustion as well.
You, as a CEO, would be right in thinking this. However, your health is likely to steadily deteriorate, your waistline is likely to increase and your chances of aging gracefully are likely to decrease if you persist with the idea of ‘fitness comes last, if at all’.
The Dilemma: How to Spare Time for Staying Fit?
Fitness is, and always has been, the foundation for intellect and executive prowess. Just look at some of the most successful entrepreneurs and trailblazers; people who made a name for themselves while retaining the ability to push through grueling routines, all by virtue of a fit and healthy body. Given that they may have routines that are different from the standard Chief Executive Officer out there, however, the latter can reap similar benefits on the fitness front, by making certain lifestyle changes.
How can you find time out of your day to do staying fit, you ask? Simple, really! All you need to do is mold your entire day around a base of healthy eating and exercising. This means that while you go about your day as usual; underneath it all, you concentrate on staying as fit as possible by eating as healthy as possible, and exercising whenever you get the time.
Tip 1: Exercise, and how to get the most of it during your day
Exercise makes for the foundation of fitness, however, as a CEO, it is tough to find the time. It does not have to be so, though. Instead of dedicating a certain time frame to exercise, make small adjustments to your daily modus operandi, such as climbing stairs instead of riding elevators, and walking more often. You can also perform short circuits of exercise in your own office, several times during the day, or have some implement such as a stationary bike in there, to ride whenever you have 5-10 minutes.
Tip 2: Diet, and how to manage it with maximum efficiency
Dieting is where fitness is sourced from, and where it all begins to take effect. As a CEO, you are admittedly going to be far too busy to manage extensive meal preparation on a daily basis. To manage the meals more efficiently, prepare packets of healthy salads and a good protein-carb-fat ratio in the main courses; on off days or weekends. Additionally, instead of just having 3 big meals a day, consider having 5-6 smaller meals, consisting of healthier portions and ingredients.
April Salsbury, MBA is a strategist, an analyst, an operational guru, a recognized leader and C-suite global healthcare executive with drive and focus for competitive markets. Co-host of The Business Forum Show and regular contributor to various business journals, she possess multi-functional and multi-national competencies with more than 15 years experience in business and healthcare. Her expertise is in invigorating revenue growth and infusing value of lean practices in growing companies through improvements to cash flow and operations management.
Fueling revenue, growth and profit, Salsbury & Co. is a consultancy firm focused on helping businesses and healthcare organizations achieve excellency. Our specialists have executive experience combined with deep functional expertise to provide our clients with services that drive real impact and results.
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