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One of the questions that is on our lifestyle evaluation at Gold’s is “Do you think a regular fitness routine will benefit your job?”
Over 75% of the people that I have done consultations with answered “no”.
My speculation is that most people answer “no” to this question because their work doesn’t involve physical labor or otherwise running around on their feet all day, so they’re only thinking about the most superficial level of benefits.
Let me ask you a few key questions:
- Do you ever feel drained at the end of the work day?
- Do you find yourself in a fog or unable to focus at certain points of the day?
- Follow up: Are you reaching for the coffee or energy drinks too?
- Do you want to manage your stress levels better?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions or thought “#relateable”, then you should definitely read on. Recent college grads and busy professionals, your level of fitness and your productivity on the job are directly correlated. So, lace up your sneakers and get to that walking meeting because you’re about to get A WHOLE LOT more productive.
Let’s talk about some numbers here for a sec. In 2014, Megan Orciari of Yale University (yes, the Yale), published some findings from the Rudd Center concerning the cost of absenteeism in the United States. Obesity-related absenteeism cost the USA $8.65 BILLION in lost revenue and lost productivity.
That’s 9.3% of all absenteeism costs in the US per year. AND THIS WAS 5 YEARS AGO when 27.7% of Americans were considered obese, according to gallup.com‘s Jenna Levy. Across 14 professions, absenteeism related to obesity is averaging $341 per day and “one extra unhealthy day and close to one-third of a day more of missed work each month compared with their counterparts who are normal weight and have no history of other chronic conditions.” (Witters & Liu, 2013).
So, that guy who never goes to the gym or eats healthy that always seems to be out or giving away shifts? This is why. If you are that person missing at least one day a month of work, this is your intervention.
There’s a truckload more information about this topic and how your health and fitness affect your career performance. Let me break it down in 6 bullets.
- Less stress at work
- Less missed days at work
- Less healthcare costs for your employers
- More focused at work
- More positive attitude at work
- Better overall performance
Grads- What You Can Do
Maintain a Fitness Regimen and Routine
I don’t care if you do yoga or Tai Chi every day until you die; just stick to a fitness regimen. You don’t have to drag a tractor trailer or run a marathon (unless you really want to of course) but you do need to stick to a consistent routine that works for your schedule and banish the excuse “well life happens and I just don’t have time” or “I had such a long day, I’m so tired” from your thoughts and mouths.
If you don’t have a fitness routine and would like to establish one, please shoot me an email so that we can get a personalized plan started for you based on your goals.
Every major success starts their day by working out because it helps clear their mind for a GREAT day. Be that person. Join the club.
Professionals- What You Can Do.
If you’ve been in the game for more than 5 years, than you know that probably the most successful people in your company start their day with a workout or they end their day with one. Either way, they get one in, even if it’s just 30 minutes or a spin class.
You know them: they have more energy, more drive, and are more productive during the day than you and your peers.
My advice for you: Make the time during your day and fix your schedule. Find a steady sleep schedule, find a time to workout that works for you, and get on it, even if it’s just 3x per week. You’ll feel better and you’ll have more energy.
As a working professional (who hasn’t yet quit her job to pursue her dream of owning a health and fitness coaching business full-time), I am working on this myself and it’s not easy when you’re on the road a lot or you’re working 2 jobs and looongg hours. But I have to stick to a schedule and remember that my success depends on my schedule.
So, whether you’re a recent grad or seasoned professional, a workout regimen will benefit your job, no matter if you’re a construction worker or a lawyer.
Success starts with you and your commitment to your health, your fitness, and your goals. If you make a lot of money but you don’t have the time or the health to enjoy it, what’s it really worth?
If you’re looking to jump start that health success, make sure you contact me via email, facebook, or instagram so that we can talk about your goals and create a personalized plan for you. If you’re not sure where to start, this is a great first step.