Brian Calkins - NSCA-CPT, ACE | Cincinnati, Ohio | February 23,
no mystery to successful people that there is direct correlation
between sound health & fitness and success in their career and
personal lives. Take of moment to recall a successful person you
know and they likely show up at the health club consistently,
work with a personal trainer, or get up a few minutes early for
a heart elevating jog. Successful people like to jump start
their day with an abundance of energy and the feel-good
endorphins that exercise offers. Recent studies identify the
direct correlation between fitness and success.
Better ability to focus, improved confidence and enhanced
ability to follow through were directly attributed to improved
fitness levels according to a 2007 University of Georgia study.
Further, a leading executive search
company surveyed more than 1,300 executives who earn $100,000 or
more annually. When asked to describe their perceptions of
weight and work, 75 percent said good physical fitness is
"critical for career success at the executive level." Seventeen
percent, by contrast, said staying in shape is "a nice goal, but
secondary to fiscal fitness."
The founder and CEO of that executive search firm said,
"Good physical fitness is critical to
success as an executive in today's work world. The days of a
little extra padding being a sign of maturity and success are
gone.'' When asked about obesity, 75% of executives said
that being overweight is a "serious career impediment."
Do these responses reflect our obsession with weight loss and
mirror the constant barrage of skinny images in popular culture?
Probably not. Rather, there is a very strong link between
improved fitness and increase productivity, enhanced ability to
solve problems, superior stamina & energy, not to mention
reduced stress and fatigue, all leading to better job
It goes well beyond looking good. Fit people tend to have better
eating habits and miss fewer days at work due to a higher
resistance to illness. And with competition continually
increasing in every industry, companies are now rewarding
employees and managers who miss less work and produce more.
A study by Jim McKenna, a British researcher, showed that after
exercising participants returned to work more tolerant of
themselves and more forgiving of their colleagues. The study
goes on to conclude that “work performance was consistently
higher, time management skills improved, as did mental
All it takes is investing 3 – 4 sessions a week, 30-45 minutes
each, to experience these benefits. Combine strength training
and cardiovascular exercise, along with sound nutrition to rev
up your mental sharpness, enhance your productivity, elevate
your mood, better manage stress and simply feel good. As your
fitness level increases, likely your position on the ladder of
success will too!
Resources to Help You Get Fit & Enhance
Cincinnati Fitness Boot Camp for Women
Blue Ash, Deerfield Township, West Chester Fitness Boot
Camp for Women
Northern Kentucky Adventure Fitness Boot Camp for Women
The Total Fitness Makeover