Staying Fit For Life
Even when you're building an empire
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A few weeks ago, I finished my goal of running 1,000 miles in 2022, something I'd never done before in my life.
It all started because of a tweet at the end of 2021 from Ruben Harris, CEO of Career Karma, where he asked if anyone wanted to do a 1,000 miles in 2022 run challenge.
I'm a sucker for a good challenge, so I was in immediately.
More recently, Nichole Wischoff, the solo GP at Wischoff Ventures, shared her fitness goals for the year:
Fitness goals this year:
-70lb dumbbell strict press x5 (2 35lbs), currently at 60lbs
-100lb deadball over the shoulder, currently at 70lb
-20 chin-ups unbroken, currently at 10
-toes to bar, currently cant do them
— Nichole Wischoff (@NWischoff)
Jan 1, 2023
In the replies, dozens of people mentioned their goals.
They want to do everything from increasing their max weight on a bench press to running a marathon to being able to dunk a basketball.
This is great.
As a former personal trainer, I love seeing people strive toward health goals.
But, having previously trained many financially successful people who were not very fit, I can say that having a short-term fitness goal and maintaining your fitness for extended periods of time are two very different things.
I'm most impressed by the person who performs at a high level in their work, takes care of their health, and is able to do both for years on end.
I still think of the line from Tim Ferriss in his book, The 4-Hour Workweek:
“Dude, are you turning into the bald fat man in the red BMW convertible?”
Achieving success should not come at the cost of your health.
It's just not worth the tradeoff.
So let's help you do both.
Staying Fit For Life
You already know what it takes to stay fit.
I don't need to belabor that point here.
So here are some simple suggestions for actually doing it:
- Work out daily. Why? Because when you work out daily, you change the question in your mind from "Should I work out today?" to "What should I do for my workout today?" This allows you to build momentum. Not saying it should be an intense workout every day, but moving every day should be the goal.
- Start with what you enjoy most. You like playing basketball? Play basketball. Running? Go run. Lifting? Go lift. At the start, doing things you enjoy most, gets you moving. As you get fitter, it's easier to add other things you might enjoy less, but are good for you. In the long run, you'll do a combination of both.
- Create challenges, big and small. Running 1,000 miles in a year was a big challenge. This type of challenge is motivating and exciting. Always having some sort of challenge to try to meet can keep you fit. However, small challenges can be just as motivating. Small challenges are focused on today. This moment. This workout. Can you run a half mile farther? Do 10 more push-ups? Add 5 pounds more on that lift? Small challenges keep things interesting.
- Get accountability. It's much easier to get a workout in when you have a session scheduled with a personal trainer or you have a running partner you're supposed to meet up with. Accountability is a godsend and having workouts on your calendar makes them more likely to actually happen.
- Combine work with working out. Pitch and run in NYC is a great example of this. You can pitch your business while working out. Best of both worlds. An even easier way to do this? Take walking meetings. Doesn't have to be complicated.
There Is No Finish Line
The long-term view on all of this?
It's a lifelong activity.
Get started, then stay the course.
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