A fit CEO makes for a great CEO
The busier you are, the more important it is to be active. Saying you are too busy for exercise is like saying you are too busy to stop for gas because of how far you want to drive. Make time for exercise because you are busy. Exercise will make the rest of your day more productive, and it will make your brain stronger over the long-term. When you approach exercise the right way, you do not need as much time as you might think anyway. For example, one experiment by scientists at McMaster University in Ontario demonstrated that five minutes of interval training (consisting of only sixty seconds of strenuous exercise) can yield the same physiological benefits as forty-five minutes of steady, less intense exercise.
Exercise Provides Countless Benefits for Your Career
Studies have demonstrated that exercise provides a number of brain-boosting benefits, including greater creativity, a sharper memory, and a stronger ability to focus. A study conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign even demonstrated that exercise can reverse cognitive decline associated with aging.
How Much Should You Exercise Each Week?
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a global leader in sports medicine and exercise science, provides the following as weekly exercise recommendations for adults:
- Aerobic exercise: At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity (or at least of sixty minutes of high-intensity) aerobic activity each week.
- Strength training exercises for all major muscle groups on at least two days each week.
- Flexibility exercises for all major muscle groups on at least two days each week.
- Balance and coordination exercises on at least two days each week.
You can meet these guidelines in about thirty minutes of exercise on five to six days a week. Anyone can set aside one half-hour each day (or most days). This is only 2 percent of your time. You do not need to start here though. This is simply what to aim for eventually.