We all know that exercise is beneficial, right? Not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally.
Regular exercise most definitely helps you kick goals off the pitch too, in every aspect of your life.
If you ask most highly successful people what is the one ritual they incorporate into their daily life that has given them the most benefit… The answer more often than not is EXERCISE.
Bianca Clifton and Steve Rankin, the exercise experts over at new running apparel brand Running Republic, have put together this list of influential high-fliers who use sweat and strength training to help them succeed in their respective careers.
President Barack Obama
Our fave outgoing Mr President, Barack Obama, admitted to being an underachiever that dabbled in drugs until he started to run 3 miles per day.
Obama now ensures he sweats it out 45 minutes a day, 6 days per week. He incorporates cardio and strength training and likes to play basketball when he can. I guess he’ll have a bit more time for that now.
Richard Branson, the only person in the world to have built 8 billion dollar companies, was asked in a 2013 interview what made him most come alive.
Branson replied; “Being fit and healthy, there’s nothing like the endorphins from being fit, and the incredible endorphin rush that goes with that. All of us have just got to find that time to look after our bodies.
That helps us make sure that our mind is sharp. I know that when I’m feeling great and really fit, I can get [in] three or four hours more of really productive work.”
Richard exercises 1 hour each day, his activities of choice are running, cycling and kite surfing.
Beyonce has said she works out 5 times per week with a personal trainer, which will include 30 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of weight training. She also practices choreography 7 x per week, for 9 hours at a time.
According to Pop Sugar, Beyonce will save time by doing interval training on the treadmill to get her heart rate up and burn more calories in a shorter time. “Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.” she said.
“I can’t eat what I want, and I can’t not go to the gym,” Beyoncé told Self.
“The truth is it’s a lot of sacrifice. “It’s more about your mental strength than physical strength. You have to push yourself,” says Beyonce.
Jennifer Aniston is a household name and a Hollywood heavy weight. In an industry that is extremely competitive, Aniston has managed to stay at the top. She attributes a lot of this to having a healthy lifestyle, taking time to work on her body and mind on a daily basis.
“I work out almost every day, at least five or six days a week. I do 40 minutes of cardio: spinning, running, the elliptical, or a combination of all three. Then I do Pilates one day a week, and I do yoga in addition to that, three days a week. I try to mix it up,” she told the US edition of InStyle magazine.
“I take [3.6kg] weights with me whenever I’m staying in a hotel. It’s always good to do arm exercises when you’re watching television or talking on the phone. I also love to stretch before I go to bed, and usually throw in a couple of sit-ups.”
‘Keeping your body confused is always the key for me…It’s good to pump it up and then take it down.’ Says Aniston.
In Forbes’ Top 100 Most Powerful Women last year, Padmasree Warrior is the US CEO of NextEV, an electric vehicle business and was called the “Queen of the Electric Car Biz” by Fortune magazine. Padmasree gets up at 4:30am every morning and does an hour of resistance or cardio training. This she says, sets her up for her day.
Mark Zuckerberg commits to exercising at least 3 days per week as he believes staying in shape is essential for energy.
Zuckerberg says, “staying in shape is very important. Doing anything well requires energy, and you just have a lot more energy when you’re fit.
I make sure I work out at least three times a week, usually first thing when I wake up. I also try to take my dog running whenever I can, which has the added bonus of being hilarious because that’s basically like seeing a mop run,” say’s Zuckerberg.
Michelle Gass, president, Starbucks
Michelle Gass gets up every morning at 4:30am to go running. She is a firm believer that this physical exercise has increased her happiness and success.
“When I’m at my best, it’s because I’m taking care of myself” she says.
So it’s not down to coffee after all?!
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief, Vogue
Anna Wintour is notably one of the biggest names in the publishing industry (editor-in-chief at Vogue), and known for her quotes such as “I don’t like people who are late,” and “I think everyone should get sacked at least once.”
To stay at the top of her game, Anna gets up at 5am each morning to play an hour of tennis before heading into the office to start her day.
After having their first baby, Michelle Obama woke at 4:30am each morning to get her workout in. Her workout is a mix of cardio, plyometrics and weight training.
“With exercising, the more you do it, the more you get into it. And the more you see results, the more you’re pushing for the next level. That’s when it just clicked for me,” says Michelle.
“My Mum said being a good mother isn’t all about sacrificing; it’s really investing and putting yourself higher on your priority list.
You can be a good mom and still work out, get your rest, have a career – or not. She encouraged me to find that balance.”
Even if you’re not a fan of body building, it’s hard not to be impressed by what Arnold has achieved in his life time.
The Austrian-American actor has also been a successful producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, and former professional bodybuilder and politician. It was what he learnt in the gym that he attributes to his track record of life success.
“What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight.
What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know. The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.
I’m addicted to exercising and I have to do something every day,” says Schwarzenegger.
About Running Republic
Running Republic knows running. It makes performance tights for female runners, using the latest high tech designs and high-spec fabrics (that include titanium and carbon) that have been scientifically proven to increase performance.
It recently launched on crowd-funding site Kickstarter where you can ‘invest’ in the company – ie buy a pair of Running Republic tights on a pre-order for less than they will cost when released.
There are three different styles for you to pick from, The Bionix, The Flow Runners and the Airiders. Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on some.