Why We Need Fitness Leaders

A leaders healthy lifestyle can readily motivate his people to take care of themselves

By Mitch Felipe Mendoza[1] Philippine Daily Inquirer[2]

AS A PARENT who values healthy living, you can be a good role model to your kids. SHANNONMILLERLIFESTYLE.COM

Most of us are willing to follow someonea leader who can positively affect our life, improve our productivity, and inspire us to live a healthy and happy life.

People follow credible leaders who share their goals and dreams by example. It will be difficult for a newbie exerciser trying to lose weight to follow the fitness program of a personal trainer who doesnt have time to work out at all.

It will be challenging for a patient to fulfill constant lifestyle reminders like quit smoking and eat healthy from a medical professional who doesnt prioritize his own health.

And it will take too much time and effort for an uninspired employee to embrace the corporate wellness program initiated by their unfit and always stressed-out boss.

Building a healthy company starts at the top, and there is no more powerful support for any strategy than to lead by example, said Tyler Cooper, CEO of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises.

Leaders who are physically and mentally fit dont only solve problems and provide the financial needs of their people; they also inspire them. A leaders healthy lifestyle can readily motivate his people to take care of themselves because he/she becomes the ultimate role model for a balanced lifestyle.

Managing ones health implies that one can effectively help and inspire others. The healthy lifestyle and positive attitude a leader displays becomes contagious. As a result, it will be easier for a genuinely fit leader who walks the talk to convert a fat workplace, community or nation into a healthy one.

Credible leaders are perceived to be effective by their subordinates. Data compiled by the Center for Creative Leadership that was published last January in the Wall Street Journals article Want to be a CEO? Whats Your BMI? shows that executives with higher values of body mass index (a measure to identify if your weight is appropriate to your height) and with larger waistlines tend to be perceived as less effective in the workplace (both in performance and interpersonal relationships).

A FIT manager can always make his people happy. WWW.STARTWALKINGNOW.ORG

Highly effective leaders (politicians, managers, health leaders, teachers and parents) empower their people to take essential steps to improve the quality of life and take responsibility for their actions.

They are credible, so people will more likely listen to them. The pressure stress leaders get from convincing people to avoid health problems becomes less. And a less-stressed leader becomes more effective because he can channel his efforts to other concerns that require his attention.

Long-term wellness

Aside from instant cure, efficient leaders prioritize prevention and long-term wellness. Leaders just dont make promises like giving their people free healthcare programs; they initiate and help design programs that will prevent diseases and health problems.

Leaders should focus on developing systems that will improve the environment and lifestyle of his people because this can make an impact in saving money. This would mean creating a culture of healthy, happy, stress-free and disease-free living.

Health service is not only about curing ailments or providing medicines. It is also about educating people on how to take care of themselves through regular physical activity and choosing the healthiest food they can eat.

Results of studies in corporate wellness prevention programs initiated by leaders show significant return of investment after two or more years. This means leaders should promote long-term wellness programs for people that will call them to action, to get significant results.

Well, as a matter of fact, a long-lasting lifestyle change cant be achieved in just a short period of time. It requires the correct formula (eating, exercise and stress management combination), patience, constant support and proper incentives.

A leader is humble and always hungry for growth. Good leaders and role models are humble enough to accept their weaknesses and are always ready to improve themselves for the better. Your supervisor might still be unfit now, but he may already be mapping out his plans on how to change his lifestyle.

A fit and healthy leader doesnt have to be super lean and strong, or trains every day and joins sports events. A hopeful and driven leader can be sickly and overweight, but now recognizes the need to prioritize his well-being, and has a positive attitude and solid action plan that will give hope and happiness to his people.

Anyone can be a leader and/or an inspiration. You might not be a manager or a politician. But anytime, as early as now, you can always be a good role model who can help the people around you prevent health problems by starting to eat healthy and to exercise regularly.

You can even inspire your own leader to take the necessary steps to support your community. Start now, ask help from professionals to reach your passion and goals, and dont wait for a leader to take the initiativeor it might be too late.

E-mail the author at mitchfelipe@gmail.com Follow her on Twitter @mitchfelipe.

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      • HealthNut
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      You need a healthy lifestyle in school to concentrate on your studies. You need to be able to focus for one thing. You also need to plenty of rest, and a good diet.

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    How Will You Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle In The Future? Imagine yourself after college. You’re married with a few kids. You’re gaining a few pounds every now and then. How will you get yourself back on track into a healthy lifestyle?

      • HealthNut
      • July 16, 2013

      Minus the after college part, but I have 2 kids and am expecting the third one in a few weeks. We maintain healthy lifestyles by eating nutritious foods, lots of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and milk. We also get a lot of exercise in. Although my kids are still toddlers and I’m big as a house, everyday as a family my husband and I walk with the kids up and down the road, then when we get home my husband stays outside with the kids and plays with them while I get supper fixed. We don’t turn the TV on until after baths, forcing us to get up off the couch. Hopefully that will encourage our kids to maintain healthy lifestyles after they’re all grown up.

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    What Would You Say A Healthy Lifestyle Is? Hey 🙂 I’ve got some coursework that needs doing and I need to do some primary reasearch and I was just wondering if you would leave me some answers below on what you think a healthy lifestyle is personally. And what you think you have to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I need loads of answers so I hope you dont mind helping me 🙂 Thankyouu

      • HealthNut
      • July 16, 2013

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