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The Effective Executive – Episode 38 – Executive Fitness
Move Your Butt!
[00:00:08] Hello, this is the 38th episode, the effective executive podcast, I’m a little out of breath. I decided I would do this episode on fitness. Hang on, I got to get a drink of water. By the way, if you ever go to Indianapolis in Westfield, which is north of Indianapolis, a place called Big Hoffer’s, awesome barbecue, anyway, uh, fitness. Um, so I workout six or seven days a week, depending on whether I need that day of rest or not. I lift three or four days and I run on my off days there three days a week and typical rat run anywhere from around a five K up to four miles. Funny thing is, when I first started as an executive was riding a bike because I thought that would be a good way to do fitness and not till I started running that I realize what fitness really was. And then I started lifting a little bit later. But fitness is really important from an executive standpoint. It doesn’t necessarily make you an effective executive. It will make you more efficient executive from a standpoint of getting some of the cortisol out of your body, get dopamine running through. There’s a lot of stress associated, obviously, with being an executive, some more than others. Different people react differently, but fitness is one of those things that can clear your mind, just like taking a vacation. I mean, I bet executives I haven’t taken a vacation in five years. I think they’re insane.
[00:02:16] I at least once a year I’ll go to Disney World for the Food and Wine Festival. I’ve been doing that for, like, I don’t know, 14 years or something like that. So it’s a respite. It’s get your mind away from it. And you don’t completely I know you’re going to take a phone call while you’re at the Food and wine festival. I did, because as an executive, you’re kind of on call all the time. But your mind needs a break, just like when you sleep at night. Or maybe some of you don’t sleep very well at night. But getting that break allows your brain to reset and look at problems in a new light. I think it’s a very important part of being being an executive, working out anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, you know, on a daily basis is fitting it into your schedule, becomes a routine traffic. I can’t even go really two days without working out in some fashion. Even as I’ve gotten older. It’s just it’s in me. It’s my schedule. I try to get up early in the morning and do some exercises, lifting, potentially running, depending on the weather. I do have a treadmill in my house, actually. It’s like six feet that way. But but yeah, I think it’s it’s one of those things that you need to fit into your schedule if you if you’re starting from zero. And I’ve seen many, many overweight executives, you know, one of the things to do is start out just walking, commit yourself to maybe a five K now that those things are back, since the pandemic is starting to subside, people are having five keys again outside.
[00:04:14] Sign up for one. Even if you have to walk all of it, you know, that’s a good way to kind of get your mind into the game, so to speak. So, you know, if you know, you’re going to have to walk three point one miles a five K, then starting to build that up. And, you know, I good friend of mine, I’ll never forget the story. He was really overweight. You wound up getting surgery to slow down his intake. But I you know, I hired him as an executive and he couldn’t go from the park, from the garage parking lot to the building. It was like, you know, maybe two hundred yards. He called me on the. Only because I don’t know what I can do this, and I thought he was talking about the job, but he was talking about just making it from the garage to the to the building. And, you know, I supported him and gave him some things to, you know, just I said just take it a take it a step at a time. But, man, if you’re if you’re that out of shape, you really need to to do something. So, yeah, I always encourage the executives that I work with to to commit to some type of fitness for themselves.
[00:05:41] And, you know, it it does clear your mind. There is a whole neuroscience thing associated with it as far as your how your thoughts work, how sharp you are of those types of things, and start somewhere and build even if it’s just walking on a daily basis. I try to commit to at least two miles every day and walking even when I’m not running or I’m lifting or something. I want to do at least two miles. Especially working, you know, from basically a studio all the time. You don’t get up as often except maybe to go upstairs and get lunch. So committing to doing those types of things I think will really help you as an executive. So I encourage you to do so. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed it’s gotten a little bit more difficult. So if you’re a young executive, start now. If you’re an older executive, it’s never too late to start. So there’s all types of things out there that you could enjoy, whether it’s biking or whatever it is, start something and you will thank me for it later, even if it’s hard now. So that’s what I want to do, this episode on every great Memorial Day. Hi, this is Tripp Babbitt, would you like an unfair advantage for your career team, an organization set up a 30 minute call with me at the ninety five method dotcom example. Let’s talk.