The Healthy Executive

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World Health Day 2017

The highest rate of depression is in men aged 40 – 59

Each year the World Health Organization chooses a global health issue to focus on, and this year they are focusing on depression.

Things happen in life, like difficulties with work or finances, the breakdown of a relationship, overwhelming family responsibilities, or a significant setback. These challenges can take a serious toll on your mental health, if left unchecked. Many men tough it out and struggle alone.

Some ways to look after your mental health

  • Do more of the things that make you feel great and help you to de-stress
  • Spend time with friends
  • Share what’s going on, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed

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Lose Fat, Add Muscle? 4 Week Self-Experiment

Reading time: 2.0 minutes (1200 words @ 600 wpm[1])

Are you wasting your time working out at the gym or on the trail?

Did you know that being a few pounds overweight cancels out your fitness efforts?

Extra fat undermines the benefits extra muscle (below I explain this in detail).

Nobody can afford to waste their time, especially busy executives.

Here’s what you can do:

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Lucas – Client Results

rkn-logoAs Redknee’s founder and first employee, Lucas Skoczkowski has been directing the execution of Redknee’s business activities and corporate operations since 1999. In 2014, Lucas was featured in the Global Telecoms Business list of top 100 most influential executives in the telecoms business.

Coaching Observations:

Lucas approached me with dual health and fitness objectives:

  • for his executive leadership team (ELT),
  • and for himself as CEO.

Both Lucas and his executive team shared several characteristics in common:

  • Strong motivation to proactively get results
  • Stressful job roles involving constant international travel
  • An ethos of continuous improvement in a highly competitive industry

In his own words, Lucas describes his experiences and insights into becoming healthier and fitter:

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Executive Health – Corporate Case Study

Increase Corporate Performance By

Increasing Executive Energy

Some executives power through fatigue. Others fall ill. Is the reason solely due to pressure? Hardly. Sustained high achievement demands energy and strength, as well as a sharp intellect. To bring mind and body to peak energy and performance, executives need to learn what ultra-endurance athletes already know: increasing energy is an important antidote to stress, fatigue, and illness.

health and productivity

by Jeff Popoff

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I f there is one quality that CEOs seek for themselves and their executives, it is sustained high performance in the face of ever-increasing pressure and rapid change. But the source of such performance can be elusive and seem more fiction than fact. Performance experts have long sought to identify what makes some people stay strong under pressure and others fold. I maintain they have come up with only partial answers: results-based incentives, work-life balance programs, mindfulness-based stress reduction.

The problem with most approaches, I believe, us that they deal with people at the cognitive level, connecting high performance with access to more data or better information. In recent years there has been a growing focus on the relationship between stress, mindfulness, and high performance. Almost no one has paid attention to the role played by physical stamina and fatigue. A successful approach to high performance energy, I have found, must focus on transformation instead of information and take into account the real-word specifics of executive life both at work and home.

My approach has its roots in the decades I spent training as an ultra-endurance athlete and as a senior executive. Several years ago, executives began to ask me to help them improve their stamina, strength, and energy levels. In effect, they saw the connection between high performance at work and high performance in ultra-distance competition. They realized that to perform under pressure for the long haul, they would have to train in the systematic multi-level way that world-class athletes do. I have now tested this transformative energy model on dozens of executives. Their dramatically improved performance and their enhanced energy and stamina confirm my hypothesis of a transformative and concierge model of health and fitness. In the pages that follow, I describe my approach and results in detail.

“Being fit and energetic gives me at least four extra hours of productive time every day” — Richard Branson, CEO Virgin Group

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Vishal – Client Results

Vishal K is a Chief Operating Officer of a global high-tech company and is responsible for sales, delivery and support organizations. He leads a diverse and experienced team that is responsible for all aspects of the company’s sales, operations and delivery services including professional services and customer support.

Coaching Observations: Vishal started his online coaching with good foundation of nutrition (vegetarian) and aerobic fitness (avid runner and former squash player). His main fitness goal was to develop his strength and lean body mass. He followed a basic but effective bodyweight strength routine. He also incorporated interval training into his regular running routine. His nutritional goal was to improve his macronutrients, specifically increasing protein and decreasing sugar.

Vishal’s composite strength increased an average of 66% based on his following individual measures:

  • 117% increase in Pull-ups (from 12 to 26)
  • 200% increase in Push-ups (from 6 to 18)
  • 33% increase in Squats (from 43 to 57)
  • 66% composite increase [(26+18+57)/(12+6+43)]

In his own words, Vishal describes his experiences and insights into becoming healthier and fitter:

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Does Increasing Oxygen Increase Our Performance?

Oxygen Self-Experiment

Recently a client CEO in the pursuit of elite health got me thinking about the broader connection between oxygen and performance, health, and fitness.

The Self-Experiment Hypothesis

Improvements in my blood oxygen levels may translate to measurable and/or sustainable fitness improvements.

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