Fitness is an integral part of leadership

Technological innovations in workout offerings can replace a gym setting

Allysa Holt

When you visit your doctor this year, you’ll be told how much you weigh. You’ll also be asked about stress levels and how active or inactive you are. This scenario might depict potential warnings for the average business executive in being able to provide the energetic leadership a company often requires.

Like it or not, and as much as I tell the joke, “I just ran five miles and what a workout… I didn’t think that ice cream truck would ever stop!” a workout is not meant to be that hard and your weight shouldn’t have to be a diffcult conversation with your doctor, but it is often just that.

In working with CEOs and other executives on the go, I know that when you live a life of meetings and constant travel there are plenty of opportunities to indulge. However, being on the go today offers other opportunities to get on track.

Mobile fitness companies now offer options that include the scheduling of resort boot camps for individuals and company teams.

These programs are gaining in popularity not only within the business community, but also with young mothers concerned about a safe environment for children while participating in workouts.

A good example of a business client is 52, has spent years gaining and losing weight like a yo-yo. Like many of us, he or she would work out in the gym when traveling and hops on the elliptical machine at home for at least an hour each day. He or she typically learns about how much is needed to get the heart rate up to accomplish burning calories. However, if the goal is to manage stress, avoid midday fatigue and preserve energy throughout the day, then a more moderate range might be 70 percent to 80 percent of your target heart rate. This is where a mobile fitness trainer can help.

Physical and mental fitness is an important component of being able to provide leadership. Investing in a trainer can be a big help to the average person, but can be a scheduling nightmare for the busy executive. Donald Peterson, a former CEO at Ford, estimated that he attended 1,000 meetings per year, gave 75 talks and traveled 100,000 miles per year.

Regular exercise is known to boost a person’s energy level, but yet many people complain about diffculties in sticking to a workout regimen even when you are the CEO and can schedule your own time. Most trainers agree that midday is the ideal time to exercise, so small changes in work routine that incorporate a workout can boost energy levels for three to four hours. What CEO or executive would be opposed to increasing productivity for himself or his team?

Technological innovations in workout offerings can replace a gym setting. The personal touch offered by a trainer to support the CEO-level executive can be key to experiencing the benefits of mobile fitness programming. The
fact that a CEO can bring this type of fitness into his workplace also supports efforts put in place by the Affordable Healthcare Act for those working on wellness goals.

Tech-savvy leaders should appreciate the opportunities to not only have great offce equipment to get the work done, but also the opportunities to get a workout in because of technological advances in mobile fitness.

Allysa Holt is the owner of Holt Health and Fitness, a personalized training service based in Vancouver. She can be reached at 360.852.2032.