Just got to 8000 steps this morning, after two conference calls while walking outside!
Last week, NEW YORKER columnist David Sedaris wrote about his Fitbit experience: “the tingle feels so good, not just as a sensation but also as a mark of accomplishment. I began pacing the airport rather than sitting in the waiting area…I also started taking the stairs instead of the escalator, and avoiding the moving sidewalk.” That’s my experience EXACTLY. Now I’m taking conference calls with ear buds, either walking outside or on my treadmill…just like the Jetsons! If you care to try it, check here.
Which leads me to my summer reading suggestion:
Last year one of our readers not only recommended the book “Younger Next Year,” – he gave me a copy. The book by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, M.D. has a very simple value proposition: If you make exercise your #1 job, you can delay both mental and physical aging. The book is clever – and some of the stories are both hilarious and motivating. Now, because of my Fitbit, I’m re-reading Younger Next Year with renewed intent – boosted by the daily tingle of accomplishment. One of the things I’m learning is “sitting may be the new cancer” for generations ahead.
My Fitbit and Younger Next Year both remind me of Chapter 9 in Good Leadership Today – I wrote about my good friend Steve Blexrud who sets an inspiring example. It was fun to read it again.
Good leaders make a habit to concentrate on fitness as the centerpiece of The Seven Fs. And they create simple reminders to make caring for themselves job #1.
Please share with us: what reminds you to work on your fitness?
Next week, I will recommend Life Reimagined, by Richard Leider and Alan Webber.