“Improve your posture, and the bottom line”

Writing in the May 2017 issue of Director magazine, Louise Chunn draws a line between the health of business leaders and the fortunes of the companies they lead.

“Being at the head of your business can be a struggle in so many ways,” she writes.

“There’s the worry over finances, staffing, sales, marketing, regulation… But there’s also the fact that so much comes down to you. You need to stay in reasonable shape, to look and feel the part physically, as well as on the spreadsheet. According to Steve Tappin, author of The Secrets of CEOs, the job should come ‘with a health warning. In many cases people get burned out and stressed [with] very low energy. People assume CEOs are superhuman but they’re grappling with a really hard job.’ It’s only very recently that leaders have started to notice the connection between the health of their business and their own well-being. Once they are waylaid by illness or accident it may even be too late.”

As Joseph Pilates once said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” Another of his famous sayings is that: “Change happens through movement and movement heals.” Worth considering during a brisk lunchtime walk, perhaps.

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