It’s no secret that to get ahead in your career you often need to work long hours, spend time at your desk and put in the effort of networking, attending meetings and travelling for business. However, no matter how busy someone is, it’s still important to take time out to stay fit and healthy for a variety of reasons and it might even help achieve career success.
Exercise has been proven to help maintain good energy levels, reduce fatigue and of course keep weight gain under control, helping to keep you engaged at work and take less time off sick. These physical benefits are of course essential to anyone with a busy work schedule, giving you the energy to power through the working day.
However, it’s not all about the physical benefits, the psychological benefits can be just as important, as exercise has also been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety and keep you focused and on-the-ball at work. It is my personal experience that the drive and ambition of a true RB person are strengthened even more by following an exercise routine. And no wonder RB employees work so hard to participate in the company’s Global Challenge.
As John F Kennedy was quoted as saying: “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.”
The other benefit of getting and staying fit to help career success could be that exercise is very goal focused. Whether it’s running 5k or winning at a team sport, fitness teaches us to aim for a target and go for it, ignoring unnecessary distractions. However, as well as hitting goals, fitness and sport can also teach you about strengths and weaknesses, how not to stop at the first sign of failure and how to overcome difficulties:
To quote basketball superstar Michael Jordan: “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
At many points we might feel we’re ‘too busy’, ‘too tired’ or just loose motivation, but that drive to keep going, to get out of bed on a cold morning and head to the gym, can also be beneficial in working life. Strong drive and a ‘can do’ attitude helps you stay motivated when work is moving at a fast pace. More than anything though, fitness is about getting things done rather than putting things off, it’s about ‘today’ rather than ‘tomorrow’ and it could be argued that this attitude is a key part of any success story.