Though there are countless authors and health gurus who have series of fitness, weight-loss or stress-management tips to share, they often don’t have a reproducible system.
GPs offer the same advice they’ve always offered: reduce alcohol, cut down on carbs and fatty foods, and try going out for a walk—as though two-thirds of the adult population has never heard this advice before. The exercise routine that the overweight executive followed 10 years and 20kg ago no longer works. The middle-aged or nearly middle-aged executive needs a new system.
Executives are used to looking for reproducible systems in their professional lives. When it comes to their health, though, many of them are too embarrassed or unwilling to swallow their pride and ask for help. They need a system—one that provides a clear methodology to achieve premium health.
None of the four points of the Compass is revolutionary on its own. Each compass point reflects established knowledge in the health sciences. The issue is not what is needed, but how much and in what proportion. If you only adopt a little of each, the benefits are only marginal; take any of the Compass points too far and you get further problems: Work and Rest Management: Take this too far and it becomes a series of airy-fairy practices that involve intricate rituals, a new shoeless
- Work and Rest Management: Take this too far and it becomes a series of airy-fairy practices that involve intricate rituals, a new shoeless wardrobe, and relaxed personal hygiene standards.
- Stress Management: Too much yelling out “I can do it” and not enough doing what needs to be done.
- Exercise: Take exercise too far and you’ll spend more time than you need to in an ultra-competitive, egotistical, and domineering environment, which is probably not what you signed up for.
- Nutrition: It’s easy to get caught up in the dogmatic rules of nutrition and the never-ending fight over which nutritional camp holds the high ground. Who needs or wants this?
There is no doubt that you need all four points of the Compass, but you need to find the balance within and between each. Strike the right balance and you find yourself at the point where the four elements intersect. At that intersection is the Executive Athlete. Where the four points of the compass meet, you have an individual who radiates health and feels invincible.
It’s for people who are time-poor and responsibility-rich. It’s for people who have dedicated their lives to their careers, and who in the process have sacrificed their physical fitness, mental health, and personal relationships.
The Compass will guide you back to the centre, and make you happier, healthier and abundantly more successful.
If you would like to read more about how deconditioned executives can turn into athletes If you want to learn more about the program that allows deconditioned executives to turn into athletes you can download a free chapter sampler of my book here or on the website.