So it´s that time of year again-time for sifting through all those resolutions and deciding, for real, which ones you´re truly going to tackle. As an individual, you want to stay fit on the job. Being sick doesn´t help anyone. As a manager, you´d really like to see your people showing up instead of hearing their sick voices inform you that they won´t be in. To help you get and stay fit I talked to award-winning speaker and author Joe Sweeney. I met Joe on my first visit to Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort and Spa where I have taught writing courses over the last three years. He´s a straight shooter with a wicked sense of humor and a no-nonsense method for getting his students to take care of themselves. In addition to being a speaker and personal trainer, Joe is a birdwatcher extraordinaire and author of I Know I Should Exercise, But "?¦7 Steps To Removing Your “But” From Exercise.
Joe guides, inspires and motivates. He also is responsible for ripples of quiet laughter that often occur during his classes and his introductions to certain difficult hikes. He helps people get started with exercise, stick with it and fit physical activity into a busy life. Through his personal stories of confronting obstacles head-on, he shares lessons about goal achievement, facing fear and perseverance. A professional speaker and trainer since 1990, Joe presents keynotes, seminars, workshops and spouse programs to corporations, associations and schools, and he has guided more than 30,000 people toward healthy, productive and adventure-filled living. Since 1980 he has spent over 400 weeks as an instructor and speaker at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort & Spa, North America´s oldest destination fitness resort.
Here´s part one of my interview with Joe:
Leslie: Do you think employers should encourage their employees to get and stay fit?
Joe: Only if the employers want employees to have more energy, less stress, a more positive attitude, and be less likely to get sick or depressed or suffer from back injuries.
Leslie: Do you think that successful companies can attribute some of their success to having healthy, fit employees?
Joe: Yes, especially companies that are successful over a long period of time. Over the short term, employees may be productive under stressful working conditions, but over the long term, disregard for the health of employees can lead to burnout, stress and low moral, which can lead to reduced productivity.
Leslie: In addition to being an author, speaker, and fitness instructor you´re also a personal trainer. Should busy people, those with demanding jobs, consider personal training? Why?
Joe: Yes. Besides the convenience of having a trainer come to you, people are motivated to workout because their trainer is coming to the house. A trainer helps a person be more consistent and helps with proper technique, which means better results.
Next time: part two of my interview with Joe Sweeney