Are you fit for leadership?

Manage Your Health

The executive lifestyle can be hectic and potentially harmful to your health. Senior executives tend to sleep less, work more hours in a day and travel more frequently than the average worker putting them at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other health issues.1

If you’re a senior executive, you may have precious little time for self-care, but it can be difficult to lead effectively when you’re feeling sluggish, tired or unwell. Here are some tips to focus on you, even when time is constrained, and why it’s so important to do so.

It’s no secret that exercise is good for you. Cardio strengthens your heart and burns calories and strength training keeps your muscles strong and helps prevent osteoporosis. When it’s hard to find time to get to the gym, sneak exercise into your day by:

• Parking in the farthest spot and walking wherever you can.
• Taking the stairs. Even if your office is on a very high floor, you can always get off of the elevator a few levels below your destination and climb the last few flights.
• Stretching at your desk. Put yourself on speakerphone when you’re on a call and lift some weights, do some isometrics or gently stretch.
• Moving while watching TV. Grab a rope and jump during commercial breaks, or do a few squats, push-ups or sit-ups.

There are many theories about eating for optimal health and choosing the best program for you is a personal decision. Regardless of the diet you follow, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and pack what you need for the day to avoid making bad food choices because what you eat affects your mental performance.2 It’s also important to stay hydrated, so keep a bottle of water on hand and refill it throughout the day.

Mindful breathing raises awareness of your thoughts and helps put you in control of your stress. Studies show mindfulness can reduce anxiety and fatigue and may improve executive functioning. It doesn’t take long to do and you can practice it anywhere at any time.3 Many organizations offer mindfulness training believing it will help employees collaborate and function better.4 To learn how to practice mindfulness, attend a local class, or turn to the many books or apps available to guide you.

You can’t do everything yourself. Good leadership means choosing the right staff and empowering them. One way to judge whether you’re effectively delegating is to determine whether your initiatives would be accomplished if you unexpectedly took a week off work.5 Some people find it hard to let go, but you can always start small.

When you’re busy leading, remember your Luma Wealth Advisor is available to provide financial guidance. It’s easier to concentrate on running your business when you know there’s a plan in place for your wealth goals.

Wealth planning is about more than money. It’s about taking care of yourself so you can be healthy, enjoy life and stay on top of your game. Attend a Luma Wealth event and join the conversation for wealth planning strategies that can help you keep your finances fit.

1 Infographic: Health risks of executive lifestyle, Mayo Clinic, May 30, 2018.
2 What You Eat Affects Your Productivity, Harvard Business Review, October 17, 2014
3 Mindfulness exercises, see how mindfulness helps you live in the moment, Mayo Clinic
4 Can Mindfulness Training Help Organizations Be More Effective? Forbes Human Resources Council, May 23, 2017
5 To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well, Harvard Business Review, October 10, 2017