Fit for Business

A guest blog post from Jim Flowers, Director of VT KnowledgeWorks:Jim Flowers, Director, VT KnowledgeWorks

An entrepreneur has to be free of physical issues, if possible.  It is a tough, demanding career choice.

There’s been a decent amount of publicity lately about the 10,000 step target for personal fitness.  If you Google 10,000 steps (like this good one), you’ll find dozens of sites that have jumped on the bandwagon, most of them selling pedometers.

If you’re like I am, with too many time commitments, and perhaps an aging body, you may not be a good candidate for serious training.  But almost anybody can walk a little further.  An acceptable pedometer costs about $15 at your local sports store.  Many of them come with a 10,000 steps program in the package.  That’s the total financial risk.  $15 for a healthier, more energetic life.  Duh!

Try this.  Get to work a little early every morning.  When you get out of the car, don’t go inside.  Instead, walk for 30 minutes at a brisk pace.  At one step per second, that’s 1800 steps.  At a nice quick 2 steps per second, that’s 3600 steps.  All before work.  Substitute 5 face-to-face visits for local emails.  At 100 steps per visit, that’s another 500 steps – and you’ve had a much more effective interchange with your colleague.

Add a walk at lunch time – another couple of thousand steps.  Park at the wrong end of the mall.  Another thousand or two.  Mow the grass.  Don’t just let the dog out.  Go for a walk.

It’s actually not hard, especially when you’re wearing the pedometer and checking it every now and then.

No gym fees.  No mid-day showers and clothes changes.  No pumped up jocks making you feel inadequate.

Couple this with giving up French fries, and you’re on the road to a killer outlook – something every entrepreneur needs, of course.  Yes, just French fries for now.  In a month you’ll be ready to kick the ice cream habit, too.


P.S.  Yes, I’m doing it, with a $15 pedometer from Dick’s.

I do my 30 minutes by walking around the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center set in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of southwestern Virginia.  Starting and finishing at the VT KnowledgeWorks building [at the bottom left-hand corner of the picture] at the top of the hill, I manage a couple of hundred feet of elevation gain/loss and about 3000 steps.


Some days I can slip in a circuit at lunch time, too – another 3000.

Jim Flowers
Director, VT KnowledgeWorks
2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000
Blacksburg, VA 24060
(540) 443-9100

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