Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Pekelo, Jul 16, 2017.
Jeff got buff:
I noticed that a while back too...with photos of him traveling with his wife -- he had beefy arms and a puffy chest,
Typical mid-life crisis -- kind of the same with Sergey Brin...he's kind of buff or in shape too,
If that is their midlife crisis, that is not bad at all. Guess who was sporty all the time during these years?:
Awesome! Given the amount of responsibility he has, if anybody has an excuse to be stressed out and let himself go physically, it would be Bezos. But he's obviously chosen to go down a healthier path.
If you have money, but not be in decent shape, something is clearly wrong.
Well you know with unlimited wealth... there's really no excuse. It would be so cool to hire some vegan chef to cook for you every day. I would. I mean there are beast recipes out there. The problem is, its hard to eat healthy even if you buy all the right ingredients.... if you're not one that likes to spend time in the kitchen you're screwed unless you have a chef. Even Blue Apron... you gotta prepare that stuff. Its not laziness, its just who wants to spend 10% of their awake time chopping stuff up and using 20 different bowls like some bird on the Food Channel 3X/day. I wish there was a solution.
That is easy: cook while you trade....
Something is clearly wrong with the founder of LinkedIn.
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New research suggests that a few extra pounds affects an executive’s perceived leadership ability and stamina on the job.
While marathon training and predawn workouts aren’t explicitly part of a senior manager’s job description, leadership experts and executive recruiters say that staying trim is now virtually required for anyone on track for the corner office.
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Tim McNair, a general manager at Nazareth, Pa.-based guitar maker C.F. Martin & Co., says he was inspired to make some changes after spotting his “gut” on camera during a recent public-speaking exercise while attending the CCL workshop.
He wondered whether his colleagues had the same reaction to his appearance, he says, adding: “Would they think, ‘If he can’t keep his hand out of the cookie jar, how can he do his job?'”
So the 44-year-old, who says his peers’ evaluations were somewhat harsh, recently rejoined the local gym, where he heads after work at least three days a week to run on the treadmill,
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The fitness imperative for executives is relatively new, says Ana Dutra, the CEO of Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting. She pegs the shift to the sudden deaths of high-profile CEOs, including McDonald’s Corp. chief Jim Cantalupo, who died of a heart attack in 2004, 16 months after taking the post. His successor, Charlie Bell, died less than a year later of cancer at the age of 44. In 1997, Coca-Cola Co. Chairman Roberto Goizueta, a smoker, died weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
The CEOs of today are also more visible than their forebears and must be camera-ready at a moment’s notice, composed while courting investors and ready to respond in a company emergency. Excess weight can convey weakness or a “lack of control,” says Amanda Sanders, a New York-based image consultant who has worked with senior executives at Fortune 500 firms.
“It’s the leadership image you project,” says Mark Donnison, 47, a senior executive director at Canadian Blood Services who has lost 25 pounds since starting an early-morning workout rotation of cardio, weights and yoga last summer. “Folks do see how you live.”
In general, the executives in the Center for Creative Leadership study were healthier than the average American. They drank and smoked less and were more likely to exercise regularly. About half were considered overweight or obese, defined as having a BMI of more than 25. By contrast, more than 60% of Americans fit this description, according to a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index last year.
The sample’s leaner executives, defined as having a BMI under 25, were viewed more favorably by peers, averaging 3.92 for task performance on a five-point scale; heavier leaders averaged 3.85. Similarly, members of the leaner group rated higher on interpersonal skills.
The study controlled for factors such as age, race, gender, job level and personality traits. Results were similar across industries, says Eden King, one of the study’s researchers and an associate professor of psychology at George Mason University.
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