The shorter version of this interview originally aired on episode 2 of D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE, streamed live on January 4, 2012. D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE full length episodes are available on-demand a few days after the live show. Watch >>
The theme of the last D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE was starting something – starting something new, something different in the new year. Given the theme of the show, I thought I would share with you the “something” that I started and perhaps inspire you to treat yourself to some physical and mental health goodness.
Just about two years ago, around this time, I realized that I was letting myself go. I was letting the pressure and stress of work eat years off of my life. The lack of sleep was just further adding to the bodily damage. The pounds were packing on. So on and so forth. The point is, it wasn’t good. I realized that I was putting taking care of myself second to my work and career. That’s when I decided that something needed to change.
It wasn’t easy to make changes to the way that I was accustomed to being, but it needed to get done. New Years was the perfect time to make them. With inspiration drawn from deep down inside (a personal thing – to each his/her own), my sister dragging my butt with her to Energy Fitbox classes, love and support from my wife, I started something – something healthy – and two years later, I’m enjoying the difference in mood, mental clarity, productivity, focus, and of course, all of the physical benefits of exercise (muscle tone, weight loss/control, etc.).
Pablo Grossi on Exercise, and Physical and Mental Health
For this month’s show, I wanted you to be able to hear about the importance of exercise as part of your day to day life directly from the man who helped with my “something healthy”. I took the D³ crew (which currently consists of me and my laptop, which does in fact have a personality of its own) with me “on the road” and “sat down” with Pablo Grossi, owner of and instructor at Energy Fitbox, to get his thoughts on why exercise is so important, especially for those of us who usually work long hours, usually under a lot of stress, sitting all day and every day at desks, and not being very active.
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The bottom line is exercise is healthy not only for your physical state of being but also for your mind. Day by day, that’s not top of mind, and so you let it go. The lesson to be learned here, or my hope for sharing this with you, is that you don’t! Take the opportunity of a new year to step back and reflect on what’s really important – you. At the end of the day, if you’re not around or are physically and/or mentally it to reap the benefits of your work and career, what was the point?
If you haven’t already, start something healthy today.
Recently, Frederic Harper (@fharper) started his new “something healthy” project called “Hack Your Life”. Follow his blog, Out of Comfort Zone, as he completes one personal challenge per week to “hack his life”.
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Special thanks to Pablo Grossi and Energy Fitbox for helping out with this project.