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2005: Issue 13

Brains, Brawn, Burden or Bore

Some of you may remember two-a-days – those grueling football practices that began the 1st of August. Or some, the hours in the aromatic weight rooms. Some, the hours of cheerleading practice to get it just right, and then there was always the running and running and running until you thought you could run no more. Or in my case, running and jumping as I physically overcame the hurdles placed in my path. Little did we know how fun those days were…

Now I am at the state called middle age, and golf is more my speed, especially if I am playing with my son, who, by the way, out drives me at his youthful age of 8. For so many of my professional years, running the “pace that kills” my exercise consisted of walking the hallways to see patients, and going to and from my car. The “side effects” of doing such – ignoring the need for physical exercise – were minimal until I hit this decade, the decade of the 40s, perhaps you can relate.

As I have worked my way back to some degree of physical fitness, I now have more energy to work the hours, meet my performance expectations, and even enjoy shooting some hoops in the evening. And the best part, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, especially once I got, it was “all about me” so why not be the “best me.”

In his book, How to Become a CEO, Jeffrey J. Fox drives home this point. Fox reminds us that while our brains will make us money, our bodies will inevitably carry our brains. The better our physical condition, the greater our capacity for productive, efficient, and unrelenting work. This increased capacity through good physical conditioning gives us a considerable edge in the competitive marketplace. Likely as not, ninety percent of all people climbing the corporate ladder are out of shape. Those who are physically fit, however, will be able to start earlier, pause less often, and end the day with a wind sprint.

Moreover, physical fitness unleashes a storm of endogenous chemicals that results in more restful sleep, higher spirits, and a more robust sexual appetite – now that alone makes it worth while! Finally, while necessary but not sufficient, good physical conditioning maximizes our energy levels. If we keep physically fit, we stand a better chance of having the energy and motivation to truly embrace our free time coaching our children’s teams, attending movies, entertaining – essentially doing whatever pleases us.

Too many professionals are neglecting their body under the guise of “too much to do”, “patients need me”. As William Osler MD wrote the individual who “feels on awakening that life is a burden or a bore has been neglecting his machine, driving it too hard, stoking the engines too much, or not cleaning out the ashes and clinkers.”

How you stay physically fit is up to you and will likely change throughout the course of your life. The first step – “just do it”. The 2nd, as with changing your diet or any other component of your lifestyle, is to adopt a new behavior that you’ll be able to sustain over time.

1. Commit to getting physical activity – even if that is merely taking the stairs instead of the elevator; parking in the last place, not the first.
2. Play table tennis – ranked as one of the best physically and mentally demanding sports with minimal risk of physical injury.
3. Balance cardiac workouts with strength training workouts.
4. Choose to be brawn over bored.

ABOUT Extra Ordinary Living

Taking their learning from 20+ years in corporate healthcare, Janet Crawford and David Scheiderer, MD formed Extra Ordinary Living, Inc. in 2003 with an intention of helping physicians, other healthcare professionals and their organizations identify possibilities and opportunities, remove obstacles, and ultimately, optimize results.

Usually the first question we are asked, is why Tiberius? Our trivia friends usually can identify the references……yes, Tiberius was the 2nd Roman emperor, and yes, Tiberius is the middle name of James T. Kirk from Star Trek. One of our life mottos and business principles is “to learn from the past, look to the future but live in the present;” thus, Extra Ordinary Living.

As Executive and Professional Coaches, we are trained to listen, to observe and to customize our approach to our client's needs. We provide tools, support, structure and accountability to help our clients unleash their full potential and optimize results. There are so many reasons for physicians in particular to feel disenchanted with their chosen profession, their calling. Having a coach helps them get back in touch with their passion for being a healer.

The best thing about coaching is that it is all about you and what you want. We may share our opinions and give you advice, but it is up to you to pick and choose what you want to accept. We suspend judgment and will support you in your decisions.

As Professional Speakers, our messages are inspirational while imparting useful, practical and memorable information in a fun and dynamic way to help you in your pursuit of authentic happiness, and the enjoyment of deep life experiences.  

Tiberius Rx ... written by a physician for physicians and those who love them, work with them, or befriend them, and want to enjoy deep life experiences while more effectively pursuing a life of happiness.

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

- Thomas Jefferson
Food is the antidote to hunger as exercise is the antidote to fatigue.

- Unknown


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