Many of us find deep meaning in our work. We value the time that we spend learning, growing, and building our careers and businesses. With that said, while we love fitness, when we search within, we realize that fitness isn’t our top priority. Is that wrong? NOT AT ALL!
Fitness is meant to be the medium for us to live more abundant lives. It’s the proverbial, “tie that binds.”
One of the most important facets of health and wellness is managing stress; as we lower our stress levels, our bodies stay younger, stronger, and leaner. Many people make fitness a net stressor in their lives instead of utilizing it for its hugely positive impact not only on our health but also our careers.
The key to balancing life and fitness is recognizing how fitness leads you to your highest values. In the context of your career, when you have high energy, resilience, confidence, strength, and perspective, you will more consistently ascend the ladder of success. As you align your goals and values, you’ll realize that fitness provides you with the momentum you’ll need to conquer the boardroom.
Unfortunately, too many coaches and gyms place a stressful amount of emphasis on competing in the gym. While pushing yourself is a beautiful thing, but always competing day in and day out places a great deal of stress on your mind and body and can lead to a net loss of energy that you can’t afford as you climb the ladder. You’ll find great balance when you put your energy into progressing your fitness for the betterment of your life outside of the gym.
Here are some examples of how two professionals used proper fitness to maximize their careers.
Meet Dave, an executive at a Fortune 100 Company.
Dave’s in his early 50’s, and his focus is on the next 20 years of his career. He doesn’t intend to retire right away, as he loves the work he does, but still wants to grow and improve with each passing year. Maintaining the right amount of energy and endurance are essential for Dave to remain at the top of his game.
In his initial consultation, Dave mentioned to his Coach that he had a past injury and that his big goal was to feel healthy, happy, durable, and capable.
His Coach also noticed that Dave spoke passionately about his business career, so he asked him some more questions about his past fitness regimen. Unable to stay healthy, Dave told his Coach that he would often “tweak" his body and felt like his body was revolting.
Dave’s Coach started him out with a lot of structural strength work so that Dave FELT stronger almost immediately. Dave was able to build back some confidence that he wouldn't hurt himself because he was in a controlled setting. The consequence for Dave getting hurt was that he would have to take time off of from work which would devastate him.
Over the first few months of workouts, assessments, and consultations, Dave’s Coach zoned more and more in on Dave's most significant values. Dave’s total time in the gym dropped so that he could enjoy the balance of work, fitness, and his family. His time in the gym was focused, and he loved it, but he felt progress without the fear of injury, and that transitioned over into his job. It was fantastic to watch.
Dave now has a reason why he does fitness, and by incorporating purpose into his workouts, he's able to live a more abundant life.
Now let's meet Diane who's an Entrepreneur who owns a small business and loves to connect with people.
An influencer in her community, she’s in her late 30’s and has always been the “I’m going to try it, the first woman.” Whether it be yoga studios, spin studios, CrossFit®, or a host of other options, Diane tried them all.
Unfortunately, Diane kept getting hurt. She’d be great for a few months and make progress, but then she would get injured out of nowhere. This would happen time and time again. Passionate to get back and be apart of her fitness community Diane returned too early before she fully healed.
She had the right intentions, but because she was often getting injured it was starting to take the “fun factor" out of working out which was also negatively impacted her business.
When Diane came in for her initial consult, she relayed this story to her Coach. Her Coach didn’t try to change everything right away; he helped her align her values of growing her connections, as well as her business. Her Coach made it a point to have her train while other people were also working out – normal in an OPEX Gym – but she was doing a program that was designed to help her heal and build the strength while at the same time allowing her to feel great.
It took a few months of great conversations both on the gym floor and during Diane’s consultations, but soon Diane began to feel better as she was having fun in the gym again. Her extra energy immediately proved valuable to her business; she was able to grow her business faster, and her new gym regimen proved to be a significant factor in her future success.
In close, Diane will never need another training program because she’s happy with her Coach and client relationship, and it shows in all aspects of her life. The transformation in both Dave and Diane's life was a re-alignment in the misconceptions in the current gym culture.
Improper intensity will do more harm than help. Having proper fitness can help you excel in your career, live a more productive life, and limit you from injury.
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