Dr. George Sheehan, who was best known for his philosophical writings on the sport of running once wrote, “Exercise is done against one’s wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse.”
Before writing this blog last night, I went out for an 8 mile run. Why? Because the alternative scares me more than an 8 miler does.
Did I want to hit the trail? Truthfully, no. I made the choice to do so against my wishes. But frankly, I don’t like the thought of giving away my health.
While health is a gift and cannot be assumed no matter how much you take care of yourself, it can be forfeited with poor lifestyle choices.
Leaders should model the right behaviors in all aspects of their lives. Fitness included.
Unfortunately, many leaders dismiss fitness because they feel they don’t have the time to exercise. The last time I checked we all have the same number of hours each day.
Fitness is more about choices than it is about time.
Honestly, I wanted to watch a baseball game and check out some preseason football. I chose, instead, to lace em up and skip the TV. I am glad I did.
If you want to be a great leader, set aside some time for exercise a few times a week, even when you don’t want to.
Establishing and maintaining a commitment to fitness will be hard. But the alternative is worse.
When was the last time you exercised for at least 30 minutes?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.