Good Leaders: How do you stay healthy?

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This image cracks me up: he's my Hot Yoga hero. How I yearn for a flat belly again!

This image cracks me up: he’s my Hot Yoga hero. How I yearn for a flat belly again!

I’m finally feeling better today, thank you. Why is that important? I resumed my Hot Yoga routine as part of my commitment to improve my fitness. Here’s the insight: it took me a week to feel better after the super-intense toxin-reducing workout. Initially, it made me feel much worse, but now I’m finally feeling much better.

That’s the thing with working on my fitness. The mind – body – spirit connection has been at the center of every major health and wellness discussion for centuries. Spiritual leaders in every realm share a common point of view about how a healthy body is fundamental to a good life. So why then does this generation of believers struggle with our “fitness?”

So little time?

There’s still 24 hours in the day. But, as an empty nester, I don’t have the time-squeezed calendar full of child-watching. I don’t even have a long commute! Now it’s just my own battle with the man in the mirror. In moments of honest self-reflection – the 51 year old guy I see feels good! He just looks like he blew up a balloon above his belt line. That’s 15 pounds of beer, pizza and Doritos smiling back at me.

I’m not alone

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The Fit Bit helps remind us to get our 10,000 steps in - whether its cold outside or not!

The Fit Bit helps remind us to get our 10,000 steps in – whether its cold outside or not!

Every time we survey an audience about their satisfaction on the Seven Fs, the “Fitness” score is always the lowest. Sure, there are always a couple of marathon-running, mountain-biking zealots who find fitness a significant part of their fun, future and faith. They can teach us a good lesson in how to mine the meditative and self-confidence from long, steady workouts. If we choose to listen!

Finding new motivation

The rest of us workout because we “have to.” My motivation comes from my personal mission statement: I intend to die feeling young and happy, because I lived a long and full life – surrounded by people who loved me because I radiated goodness. If I’m lucky, I want to shoot my age in golf, write a best seller, travel the world with my wife, and drive a convertible 100 miles an hour on the Autobahn. I also want to build wealth so I can give it away! Clearly, I need to have good fitness to make that happen.

Beyond that, good leadership today requires that we are spiritually, physically and emotionally resilient – how else can we keep up with our “do more with less” mandate?

Blended benefits

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The title of this book is the reason for a full-bodied commitment to better fitness over 50.

The title of this book is the reason for a full-bodied commitment to better fitness over 50.

So that’s why I went back to Hot Yoga. At 105 degrees, it doesn’t take long to work up a good sweat. The “Yogi” tells me my stress is self-generated, because I’m “attached to something that is not true for me.” Damn it – only wanted to sweat out my toxins, increase my flexibility and feel my sore muscles again. He’s forcing me to go below the surface and blend in my faith life too.

Good leaders thrive because they honor the balance of mind,  body and spirit in the leadership equation. And they embrace the idea that followers want a leader who is spiritually, physically and emotionally resilient.

Please share with me: how are you doing on your fitness journey?

PS: I’m already feeling the benefits of my renewed commitment: My pants don’t pinch as much when I sit. I’m going to bed more tired, and waking up more rested. My personal contract with my buddy John is bringing us closer together as friends… and I’m no longer worried about fitting into my fancy purple sport coat for the Good Leadership Breakfast.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

4 Comments

  1. Chris N. on January 27, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Paul – Thanks for the article. Bought a FitBit in the airport after leaving our conference with you, and I am more committed than ever to stick to my goals and personal mission. Thanks for the blog to reaffirm. FYI…. I’ve driven a convertible > 100 mph on the autobahn and it is way cool.



  2. Chris N. on January 27, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Paul – Thanks for the article. Bought a FitBit in the airport after leaving our conference with you, and I am more committed than ever to stick to my goals and personal mission. Thanks for the blog to reaffirm. FYI…. I’ve driven a convertible > 100 mph on the autobahn and it is way cool.



  3. Beau on February 3, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Great post. A good workout always clears my head and recharges my creativity, as well as my focus. Hot yoga sounds very challenging. Will have to try it soon. I like to mix up my workouts by the changing seasons. Cannot wait for Spring and Summer. Cheers, to good health.



  4. Beau on February 3, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Great post. A good workout always clears my head and recharges my creativity, as well as my focus. Hot yoga sounds very challenging. Will have to try it soon. I like to mix up my workouts by the changing seasons. Cannot wait for Spring and Summer. Cheers, to good health.



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