What do these 7 ultra successful CEO’s say about their fitness routines?

Richard Branson — CEO of Virgin group

Richard has says he needs to exercise every day, and describes exercise as a cure for a lack of energy, health and focus – giving him at least four additional hours of productivity each day.

His physical activities include swimming, Bikram Yoga, rock climbing, running, and weightlifting.

Mark Holowesko — Hedge fund manager

Mark competes in triathlon and says it helps him maintain discipline.
“I enjoy the discipline of it, you have be very disciplined in the way you structure your week”.

Gary Vaynerchuk — CEO Vayner Media

Gary explains in his self published medium article how he was confused about why he would attack every part of his life and not his health.
He goes on to explain that after some self reflecting, he created a big mind shift for himself and found a way to turn it around.

“Starting now could mean 20 extra years of doing what you love. Isn’t that reason enough? Definitely was for me.”

Mark Zarkuburg — CEO Facebook

Mark makes sure he gets in some exercise at least 3 times per week.
“Staying in shape is very important,” he responded to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s question about his workout habits. “Doing anything well requires energy, and you just have a lot more energy when you’re fit.”

T.Boone Pickens — CEO BP Capital

T. Boone Pickens describes exercise as boosting brain power, fighting Alzheimer’s, improving self-confidence and fighting fatigue. Showing his commitment to fitness, he built a gym at his office building and made it available to all employees.

Ryan Holmes — CEO Hootsuite

Ryan uses yoga to stay active.

“I turned to yoga as a way to strengthen my core and give my body time to heal,” he said. “But I quickly discovered that the physical benefits were easily matched by the mental benefits.”

“It gave me time to clear my head, unpack the volumes of new information I was absorbing each day and then come back with a new, clearer perspective on the problems at hand. On top of that, it’s a great workout.”

Aaron Patzer — CEO Mint.com

“You cannot work, in this instance, 14-hour days without getting a good workout in as a break,” he told Life magazine. “The typical workday, particularly in startup mode, is from 9 to 6 or 9 to 7, then you take a two-hour break to work out and eat dinner. By that time you’re relaxed, and then you work until midnight or 1 a.m. If there was no break with physical activity, you’d be more tired and less alert.”

Wrap up

I think we can agree on the benefits, both physically and mentally that exercise gives us.

For me Gary really nailed it on the head in his article. Explaining that it’s not the way you train or the prescription you follow. It’s the religion of it, the absolute belief in what you’re doing that allows you do it day in, day out that leads to results.

Beliefs are fundamental in behaviour change.

You don’t need a gym, equipment or anything to lose weight and get healthy. These things will help, but only AFTER you have cast off the beliefs holding you back and begin cultivating the  the mental discipline that will allow you to follow through.

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