One of the Hardest, But Best Habits You Can Form as a Leader

There's a habit that's key to pushing yourself mentally and physically.  Numerous studies show that it's one of the most important habits you can develop to transform your life.

It will make you healthier, happier, and better able to sleep; it can boost your memory, concentration, and mental sharpness.

What is the habit?  EXERCISE

High level leaders know this and exercise.  Here are a few examples...
  • The President exercises 6 days a week, 45 minutes a day.
  • Richard Branson swims, does rock climbing, running, and weightlifting.  He says it gives him at least four additional hours of productivity each day.
  • Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, wakes up every morning at 5:45 a.m. to play tennis.
  • Panera Bread CEO, Ron Shaich, confessed to being "a couch potato," but said he "made a commitment to lose weight and increase his fitness level" in his 50s to "keep up mentally and physically with the demands of a growing business."  To force himself to work out, Shaich employs a trainer. The workout consists of running or swimming in his indoor or outdoor pool for one hour, two to three times a week. 
  • Nick Woodman, CEO of Go Pro, is an avid surfer, snowboarder, and mountain biker.
  • Frits van Paaschen, chief of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, gets up at 6:00 am to run 10 miles every day.
  • Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup, works out with weights to stay sharp.
  • Kat Cole, CEO of Focus Brands, gets up at 5:30 am to exercise.
  • Aaron Patzer, founder of, lifts weights, runs, and rock climbs to stay fit.
I can personally attest to the difference exercise makes.  It has helped me lose 50 lbs., relieves stress, helps me sleep better and gives me energy.  Do I enjoy it?  Not really, but 6 days a week I hit the gym.  The benefits are worth maintaining the habit.

If you aren't exercising, I want to encourage you to consider starting.  You'll be glad you did. 

If you exercise, inspire others to start by listing what you do in the comment section below.