If you wish to reach the same level of success as the top CEOs and business leaders, you are going to be required to put in long days, all nighters, and outwork all your competitors. You must also be willing to adopt the same habits and routines as these high performers. Outperforming and outlasting your competitors is necessary for achieving success in the Sport of Business.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, is the first one in and the last one out of the office every day. Even with working such long hours, he is commonly described as being extremely energetic regardless of the amount of hours he has worked. Like many other CEOs and leaders, he attributes his energy and ability to work such long hours to working out and maintaining his fitness. Cook is one of the many CEOs who uses exercise as a tool to keep him sharp and energetic throughout the day.
Here is a list of 7 other CEOs and leaders who make exercise a priority and attribute their ability to perform at such high levels to their fitness regime:
President Obama: The President begins most of his days with a 45 minute workout before he starts work. He does a combination of cardio and weight training to stay fit and make sure that he is mentally prepared to deal with the country’s most important issues.
Richard Branson: The serial entrepreneur and CEO of Virgin doesn’t miss a day of working out regardless of where he is. Even when partying on his private island at night, Branson gets up and swims for an hour in the morning to clear his head and prepare for the day. He is also known to play tennis, sail, and do a variety of extreme sports. The Virgin CEO claims that exercise allows him to gain an extra four hours of productivity each day.
Mark Parker: The CEO of Nike is an avid runner, having previously competed at the college level. He rises at 5am every morning to work out for two hours before heading into the office.
Frits van Paasschen: CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, van Paasschen is arguably one of the fittest CEOs in America. He’s competed in an ironman triathlon and bikes or runs six days a week. Even when he is traveling he makes sure to workout, usually at one of the gyms in his multiple hotels.
Mike Cassidy: The Director of Development at Google is extremely dedicated to his fitness regime. If necessary, he will schedule meetings over a bike ride to make sure that he never misses a day of exercise. He is also known for working out during his lunch hour and then eating at his desk. Cassidy says that exercising reduces his stress, clears his mind, and allows him to maintain a sharp focus throughout the day.
T Boone Pickens: The 85 year old Chairman of BP Capital Management begins each day by hitting the gym at 6:30am where he does a mix of cardio and strength training. Pickens attributes his longevity and high energy levels to his active lifestyle and making his health a priority.
Mark Cuban: The billionaire and Shark Tank investor does cardio six or seven days a week, preferring to use the elliptical and stair machines. He is also known to take kickboxing and aerobics classes to add some variety to his workouts.
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy