Sometimes we all need a little inspiration to stay on track with our fitness. A good way to do that is to look to people we admire and see how they are doing it. We’ve all been told that staying fit and healthy will improve our professional lives, but where’s the proof?
Barack Obama runs three miles a day. I don’t agree with extrajudicial drone executions and don’t aspire to carry them out. But the dude has led a good chunk of the planet and is never going to be short of a sandwich.
Richard Branson is arguably one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time. He actually does all the stuff the rest of us say we would do if we were rich. He hangs out with rock stars, does good work for charity, buys desert islands and tries to break world records.
Johnny Marr of The Smiths likes to notch up regular 10 milers in between being the undisputed king of melodic melancholic rock guitar. He’s been quoted as saying he likes to finish his run 20 minutes before the gigs, so he is properly pumped for the punters.
Elon Musk has such out of this world success that there’s reason to believe he may not actually be human. He notches up regular 100 hour working weeks trying to replace the world’s fossil fuel cars with beautiful electric vehicles while also trying to get us to Mars and perfect artificial intelligence. He still manages to exercise regularly.
Mark Zuckerberg may be the living definition of the ultranerd. But he is also a multi billion dollar businessman and philanthropist who makes sure he gets in at least two fitness sessions a week.
Aristotle, Dickens, Thoreau, Wordsworth and Mozart all used long walks to help them think creatively.
It may be that success comes from physical fitness, or it is a reward for it. Either way it seems clear that consistent body training is something we should all aspire to.
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