Get Fit for Career Success

I was reading Bloomberg Business Week the other day and came across an ad for Hilton Garden Inns.  I travel frequently and usually stay at Hilton properties.  I really like the Hilton Garden Inns line of hotels.

As I’ve mentioned frequently, I get inspiration for this career advice blog in odd places.  The Hilton Garden Inns ad was one of them.

The header said, “Climbing the Corporate Ladder?”  This immediately got my attention because I launched a membership site called My Corporate Climb on September 1.

The ad went on to read…

Get warmed up on a treadmill.

Power up in our complimentary fitness center.  Packed with premium Precor equipment in most locations, Hilton Garden Inn makes it easy to stay focused, fit and ready for anything.  It’s just one of the many ways we help keep you successful while on the road.

I can personally attest to the fact that the exercise equipment at most Hilton Garden Inns is terrific.  This isn’t an ad for Hilton Garden Inns, there is a common sense piece of career advice to be taken from this ad.

Tweet 93 in my career advice book Success Tweets says, “Becoming a high performer is easier if you’re physically fit.  Increasing your heart rate is a great way to improving your fitness level.”

As a career success coach, I advise my clients to live a healthy lifestyle.  This means eating right and exercising.  You don’t have to become a tri-athlete; every little bit of exercise helps.  Exercise helps you increase your heart rate.  I like to ride my bike to increase my heart rate.  I often ride the exercise bike when I stay at Hilton Garden Inns.

Dan Robey is a friend of mine.  He is the author of The Power of Positive Habits.  I am one of his subscribers.  A while back, I received a great email from Dan on brisk walking as a positive habit – and a great way to increase your heart rate.  Dan is a generous guy and he always lets me repost his posts here.

Check out what he has to say about the power of brisk walking…

Make “Brisk Walking” A Positive Habit

“Not running, not jogging, but walking is your most efficient exercise and the only one you can safely follow all the years of your life.” – Executive Health Organization

Walking as a daily exercise habit can truly be a life-changing positive habit and is one of the most powerful habits for reaching your goal of a healthy trim and fit body.  Over the past 20 years, there have been dozens of studies that have proven the benefits of brisk walking.

Thousands upon thousands of people have improved their health and lost weight by the diligent habit of walking.  If you think that walking does not provide the same benefits as other more vigorous exercises, think again.

A study published by the New England Journal Of Medicine showed that postmenopausal women who walked regularly lowered their risk for heart disease just as much as women who did more vigorous exercise, such as playing sports or running.

This study suggests that walking is just as good for your heart as heavy exercise.  I spoke with study author, Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, Chief of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She said, “The study provides compelling evidence that walking and vigorous exercise provide similar heart benefits, about a 30% to 40% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease with 30 minutes per day of either activity.”

I also asked her about the benefits of making brisk walking a positive habit, and she responded, “They could surely walk away from heart disease and several other chronic diseases.  We have also found that brisk walking for at least 3 hours a week can lower the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, and breast cancer.

No pain, no gain, is an outdated notion; exercise doesn’t need to be strenuous or uncomfortable.  It can be easy and enjoyable.  Even though the study consisted solely of women, it is likely that men would experience similar benefits from the positive habit of brisk walking.

Here are additional benefits you will receive from your habit of brisk walking:

Walking burns calories and helps you lose weight and burn excess body fat.

Walking can help to improve your posture.

Walking requires no special equipment or gyms.

Walking can help lower blood pressure and help prevent circulatory and heart disorders.

Brisk, aerobic walking will give you the benefits of other exercises, such as jogging and cycling, but without the risk of injuries.

Walking at night can help promote better sleep.

Dan makes some great points about the benefits of developing a positive habit of brisk walking.  Personally, I prefer to bicycle in the summer, and walk in the winter – and use the fitness centers when I stay at Hilton Garden Inns.  Their treadmills are perfect for the kind of brisk walking Dan recommends.

A lot of my career success coach clients say that they know they should exercise, but often can’t seem to “get around to it.”  I have come up with the answer to this problem.  I have printed several thousand stickers that are round and say “TUIT” in big capital letters.  Whenever someone tells me that they know they should do something – like exercise — but can’t seem to get around to it, I give them one of these stickers.  It’s a round TUIT.  I tell them that now they can never say that they can’t get a around to it anymore, because they have a round TUIT.  I have a round TUIT sticker on my computer.  I have another one on my bike.  They are constant reminders to me to keep up good work and exercise habits.

Would you like a round TUIT?  If so, please email me your snail-mail address Bud@BudBilanich.com. Put the words “Round TUIT in the subject line, and  I’ll put up to five round TUITs in the mail to you – free of charge.  Use them for yourself, or give them to your friends who are procrastinators.  Just make sure that you get around to living a healthy lifestyle.  Elevate your heart rate.  Brisk walking is a great way to start.

The career success coach point here is simple common sense.  Successful people are outstanding performers.  Outstanding performers live a healthy lifestyle.  They follow the career advice in Tweet 93 in Success Tweets.  “Becoming a high performer is easier if you’re physically fit.  Increasing your heart rate is a great way to improve your fitness level.”  My friend Dan Robey, author of The Power of Positive Habits, says that brisk walking is a great way to increase your heart rate and one of the most healthy habits you can adopt.  I agree, almost everybody can walk.  The more you walk, the healthier you’ll be.  Dan points out that “No pain, no gain, is an outdated notion; exercise doesn’t need to be strenuous or uncomfortable.  It can be easy and enjoyable.”  So, like the Nike ads say, Just Do It!  Or as this career success coach says, “Get around to it.”

That’s the career advice that was prompted by the Hilton Garden Inn ad I saw in Bloomberg Business Week.  What do you think?  Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment.  As always, thanks for reading my daily musings on life and career success.  I value you and I appreciate you.

Bud

PS: If you haven’t already done so, you can download a free copy of my latest career success book Success Tweets Explained.  It’s a whopping 390 + pages of career advice explaining each of the common sense tweets in Success Tweets in detail.  Go to http://budurl.com/STExp to claim your free copy.  You’ll also start receiving my daily life and career success quotes.

PPS: I opened my new membership site on September 1.  It’s called My Corporate Climb and is devoted to helping people create career success inside large corporations.  To celebrate the grand opening, I’m giving away a new book I’ve written called I Want YOU…To Succeed in Your Corporate Climb.  You can find out about the membership site and get your free copy of I Want YOU by going to http://www.mycorporateclimb.com.

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