Get Fit to Climb the Corporate Ladder

I’m on the road again. I stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn near Madison Wisconsin last night. I’m a big fan of Hilton Garden Inns — reasonable prices with nice amenities.  When I got on the elevator, there was a poster that said, “Climbing the Corporate Ladder? Start your day refreshed and energized by visiting our gym.”

This caught my attention because the title of my latest career success bestseller is Climbing the Corporate Ladder. I devote a chapter to the importance of physical fitness in that book. I also mention it in my career advice book Success Tweets. Tweet 91 says, “The better you fell, the better you’ll perform. Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat well. Exercise regularly. Get regular checkups.”

You have to be in reasonable shape if you want to climb the corporate ladder. A reasonable level of fitness will help you deal with the inevitable stress that will pop up along the way as you create your life and career success. Diet and exercise are the keys to living a healthy lifestyle. You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic, but you do need to get some exercise and pay attention to what you eat.

Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. It’s best if you can exercise for at least 30 minutes five times a week. Fitness experts suggest that, of the 30 minutes, 20 should be spent in some form of cardio exercise, five in stretching, and five in resistance training.

I find that it’s best to choose a time to exercise and build your daily schedule around it. Some people like first thing in the morning. Others like the evening. I prefer mid-day. I find that if I exercise around noon, I am less hungry and consume fewer calories at lunch.

Hydration and circulation are important too. Drink plenty of water. It keeps you hydrated and helps combat hunger. If you spend a lot of time at your desk, take a few minutes every hour to get up and stretch. You can do leg lifts and stomach squeezes at your desk. A little bit of activity can give you a burst of oxygen that will energize you and keep you feeling good.

You don’t have to become a fitness fanatic to be a high performer. However, eating well and exercising will keep you sharp and on top of your game. It will keep your stress in check. And while a little stress is a good thing, too much stress can knock you out of the game.

The common sense career success coach point here is simple. Successful people are high performers. They follow the career advice in Success Tweet 91. “The better you feel, the better you’ll perform. Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat well. Exercise regularly. Get regular checkups.” You don’t have to be a fitness junky to become a high performer. But if you take care of yourself you’ll be more likely to become a high performer, and high performance is a key to creating the life and career success you want and deserve.

That’s the career advice prompted by a poster in a hotel elevator. What do you think? Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment. As always, thanks for taking the time to read my daily musings on life and career success. I value you and I appreciate you. If you want to learn more about how to climb the corporate ladder faster check out the free rebroadcast of a webinar I did recently. You can find it at



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