Getting Active: Physical Fitness Is Good for You and Good for Business

Getting Active: Physical Fitness Is Good for You and Good for Business
From Recruiter - December 19, 2016

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security. John F. Kennedy

We just returned from two weeks in Europe exploring the Mediterranean and enjoying Rome, Florence, and Barcelona. We walked easily 5-10miles a day.

One night, a friend and client posted a picture on Facebook. She was in Paris. The picture showed a plate of delectable macaroons with the caption, How do Parisian women have these wonderful treats and stay so skinny?

I replied, They walk 10 miles a day and smoke a pack of cigarettes!

One of the reasons it is so rare to see obesity in Europe is that people walk everywhere. In my neighborhood, however, we think nothing of driving an Escalade to the corner to buy a paper.

In the years since President Kennedy made thequote that opens this post, the average American has gained about 25 pounds. During that time, we built roads, bought millions more cars, and started watching a lot more television. Meanwhile, our rates of mental illness have also skyrocketed, with 1 in 10 Americans experiencing mental illness at some point in their life.

Our mental healthespeciallyour sense of optimismis directly tied to physical fitness. My friend and colleague Julie Lafond is one of the countrys leading fitness professionals. She says that modern human beings require physical activity to keep their sanity. We were not designed to sit in our heads twenty-four hours a day; rigorous physical activity is the one thing that gives our brains a break.

One of my clients, Michelle Seidel, is a top-tier consultant with Towers Watson. Seidel has led numerous multinational change projects in human resources. Shehas a terrific vantage point on where the workplace is headed with wellness and physical fitness.


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