Walk Your Way to Fitness and Professional Success


As you may be aware, Rob O’Byrne recently returned from his second walking odyssey along the Spanish Camino de Santiago. Now that’s a long walk and regardless of what Rob would have you believe, it’s my bet that he spent at least some of that time in work mode … even if imperceptibly so. Why do I say this? Well, as Rob rightly points out, a good walk is a great way to take time out, but it’s also a great physical accompaniment to professional activities … such as thinking. In fact, if you are a busy professional—one of those who has “no time” to think about exercise and fitness—walking is the answer.   Walking in Work Mode When you take a walk, you can not only think about staying healthy, you can actually do it, without losing an ounce of productivity—that is, if you really can’t bring yourself to switch off for a while (which you absolutely should do, but that’s a topic for a future post). To reinforce the point and hopefully inspire you to get your walking shoes on at least a couple of times a week, here are a few ways you can enjoy walking and working at the same time. Some of them can even be instrumental in improving your professional performance as well as taking care of your cardio needs.   Take Learning Steps Podcasts, audio-books, MP3 language courses … today’s technologies make it easy to improve your knowledge without tying up all your cognitive functions. What better way to aurally absorb some fresh knowledge than to do so while out for a walk in the fresh air? My guess is that you probably wouldn’t think twice about picking up a call on your mobile phone while walking to your next meeting. Picking up your smart phone and going for a walk is...

Oops, I did it again!


That could be a song title couldn’t it? Well, what I actually ‘did again’ was to take time out.  ‘Proper’ time out. I think this is really important at all levels in your career but it becomes harder and probably more important the older and more senior you get. It’s all too easy to take on the problems of the World and forget to make time for yourself, to recharge your batteries and think about the future.  It took me decades to learn this lesson.  I hope you are not falling into the same trap! So; having said I would never do it again.  I did!   I walked the Camino de Santiago last month, this time with my wife Pat.  I’m told walking the Camino is a bit like childbirth………   After a few months you forget all the pain and want to do it again 🙂 These were my reflections after the walk last year, and I’m not sure I could say it any better second time around.  In this short (7 minute) video I reflect on aspects and some ‘business’ related lessons such as: Establishing Priorities. Achieving big goals, and Balancing Career and ‘Life’ Reflections on rather a Long Walk     And Yes……..we’ll probably do it again 🙂   I hope you can get some quality ‘unplugged’ time away from work too…….   Best Regards Rob O’Byrne   Many thanks to David, Chau, Steven, Paul, Jam and the rest of the LB team for keeping the wheels turning whilst I was away.  ...