At my business, we have a wellness program called “Get the Lead Out!” This program is designed to incent our team, through financial rewards and peer pressure, to commit to an exercise program.
There are lots of reasons we sponsor this program; however, fundamentally, I have observed a strong correlation between people’s wellness habits and their performance at work and life.
How effectively do you perform when you are fatigued, stuffed full of fast food, and under stimulated? How GREAT do you feel at work when you spent the night before on the couch with a bag of chips watching M*A*S*H reruns until 12:30AM? I’d bet most people answered with a resounding “not very.”
Now, contrast this with how you feel when you are well-rested, energized, and strong? How does a great workout impact your creativity, energy, endurance, optimism, and enthusiasm? Pretty significantly, yes?
So, why do so few people develop the habit of a sustainable exercise program?
Let’s consider the gains of fitness. Strong heart, strong body, endurance, energy, strength, muscle tone, improved appearance, speed, stress reduction, stamina, alertness, happiness, endorphin high, enhanced performance, creativity, mental spryness, …. Without even completing this list, who’s in?
If someone told you that they had a magic potion, that if ingested daily, would improve your happiness, mental engagement, energy, and overall work and life results with no side effects, would you take it? Sure! Well, this “potion” is as simple as carving out 30 minutes of your day to MOVE your body, increase your heart rate, play a little, and empower your strength. Give up one sitcom per day for a lifetime of benefit. Not a bad return on your investment.
Remember… 28 days to form a habit. Choose Well!