How to Have Work Life Balance: The Big Lever is Exercise

ExerciseContinuing from my prior posts on Bobbie LaPorte’s talk about how to balance your work and personal life, one of Bobbie’s Keys to Success is EXERCISE.  And, it’s never too late to start.  Really!

First, Bobbie defined exercise in this context as planned, structured, repetitive, purposeful exercise.

Research shows that execs feel better and are more productive when they purposefully and physically exercise.  The two key research findings are:

1 – Regular exercise program reduces stress.  Therefore, the time you spend in work and home is more enjoyable.

2 – Those who exercise have a higher sense of self efficacy.  They feel they can take on more, and be more productive.  They have a strong sense of confidence and accomplishment.

These outcomes allow you to manage all the other domains of your life, and muster the energy.  Both these outcomes give you a competitive advantage.

Another interesting outcome is that the execs who exercise often have the following attributes:

  • self actualization,
  • have more energy,
  • perseverance,
  • mental toughness,
  • resilience,
  • take the long view,
  • commitment

Thinking of athletes and their attributes reinforces these outcomes for business executives.  How do you find your work life balance?

About Deborah Siegle

Deb Siegle, Past President of Women in Consulting and Principal of Strategic Marketing Solutions, is an astute marketing leader and strategist with a talent for aligning a company’s products, solutions and messages with the customer’s needs. Deb was named one of the Top Women of Influence in Silicon Valley. She delivers practical and actionable insights to business executives and entrepreneurs. Deb is a recognized consumer and business marketing leader, problem solver and communicator who is an authority in market research, strategy, market and product development, and customer loyalty and experience. Deb is also the former president of Women in Telecommunications (WiT) and has also held leadership positions in other industry associations. Deb holds a M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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