For me, exercise is meditative. It helps me handle the stress of work and life. I exercise almost every day, and each time I challenge myself to go further, run faster and do more.
In fact, after years of running triathlons and half marathons, I completed my first full marathon in November. I am already looking forward to greater challenges in the coming years. Training and challenging myself has become part and parcel of who I am and how I live. For more than 10 years, I have been studying different methods, reading books and articles, talking with experts, and listening to countless podcasts. Through trial and error, I found a schedule and lifestyle that works for me.
But you don’t have to go that far. The proverbial mountain of information and the mental obstacles we place before ourselves can be daunting. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym, or out running or biking endless miles. There is no rule that says you have to run a certain number of miles, swim a certain distance, or bike so far. And, there is no rule that says you have to pick an exercise and stick with it. All you need to do is Get Up and Go! Go for a walk, take a casual bike ride or do some other activity that you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be an endurance test. Remove the “work” from exercise and make it about having fun, whatever that may mean to you. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Find the schedule and activities that work for you. And change it up if that helps you stay engaged. So, put down the phone and ignore those email and texts for an hour. Lace up your sneakers. If you want music, put on the headphones. If not, enjoy the environment surrounding you; you’ll be amazed at what you see and hear in your own neighborhood. When you just do it, you will see that the mental obstacles quickly fade away. You will somehow find the time to Get Up and Go! And when you do, you’ll be on the path to a healthier life, mentally and physically.
I am constantly preaching about exercise to friends and family, including my colleagues at Bast Amron. I trust that if polled, the majority would say they find me annoying and tune me out half the time (if not all the time). The problem for them is that I care. As a result, I will continue to push them to care for themselves. And over time, I have seen the results – more employees moving throughout the day, exercising outside the office, participating in charity fitness events, forming a lunchtime salad club and even starting a weight loss challenge.
Exercise provides obvious benefits to the individual, but the benefits to our businesses can be equally valuable. Healthy employees are less likely to be out sick, more energetic, happier, and more productive. And that translates into more positive interactions with each other and with our clients. There can be no doubt that exercise is a win-win for everyone. I hope to see you and your colleagues joining us out on the road. Let’s all Get Up and Go!
About the Author: Brett has been a litigator his entire career. He advises clients in complex business and bankruptcy litigation matters with an emphasis on director and officer liability, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership and shareholder disputes, fraud, and avoidance and recovery of preferential and fraudulent transfers. Brett represents court-appointed fiduciaries, trustees, receivers, corporations, shareholders, individuals, creditors’ committees, and secured and unsecured creditors. Click here to find out more about Brett.