Are you fit enough to run a business?

We look at what the consequences are of being unfit or overweight on your business

Being unfit, overweight or not taking an active role in your overall wellbeing can have a surprisingly detrimental impact on the successful running of your business. Guillaume Mariole from Ignite fitness & wellness guides you through the problems and gives practical advice on how to combat this ever-growing problem.

What are the consequences of being unfit or overweight?

Being unfit or overweight communicates countless overtones that are tremendously negative for your business.

Lack of self-discipline

Unfit or overweight people may come across to their colleagues, clients or customers as lacking in self-discipline. The world is a stage and if you look like you lack self-discipline in your personal life, how are you expected to handle the challenges of successfully managing a business?

Your appearance doesn’t reflect the corporate culture

Imagine a potential client or customer is talking to both you and a competitor. You are both equally knowledgeable and both able to give a killer presentation. There is one difference however; your competitor looks fit and healthy and therefore exudes an air of confidence and self-security. You however are not in top shape, could lose a few kilos and do not convey a feeling of taking ownership of your overall health. Which company would you give the contract to?


Unfit or overweight people generally display more stress that in turn, discourages groups including you. Do you get out of breath running from your office to the conference room for your next meeting?

Bad influence on others

If you are following bad habits, you will probably be cultivating the same bad habits within your team / colleagues. Your team is your greatest asset so you should strive to get a positive return on your investment by investing in your, and in turn their, fitness and weight management. Positive and long-lasting changes will result in: Reduced absenteeism, improved productivity and morale and reduced employee turnover.

Why is this problem so prevalent in Dubai?

Although working in Dubai has its many advantages, being able to successfully marry work with a fitness and wellbeing schedule is no easy task. People in Dubai work hard and play hard, making it difficult to find the time. Add the desert climate, which sees the temperature soaring for many months of the year, and time spent outdoors becomes a task in itself. The layout of the city does not help either, as people may have to rely on cars to get from A to B. Another major factor to consider is the role that eating out plays in the equation. Entertaining is not an optional extra. For many, it is a vital part of the corporate mix and many a deal is made over decadent and calorie-laden buffets.

What can you do about it?

Help is at hand and provided you have the willpower and determination to make the most of your company’s, and of course, your own wellbeing, there are a number of ways you can improve your fitness, health and ultimately your personal wealth!

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Posted by: Tarek Charaf PhD

Your appearance doesn?t reflect the corporate culture:
With all due respect, i do not believ this paragraph is accurate.
As it might be correct at entry level, it however does not impact on a senior level, as decision makers usually take decisions based on company performance and statistics, in addition to company profile, experience and success.
Simply being fit will not ensure that your company is a succesful one.
I have 25 years in Elite sports, and 20 years of management experience, on an international level.
Being fit and exercising regulary does help reducing stress as it secretes pheromones and serotonin; being fit does not however bring the professional experience nor develops it directly.
Regular exercising will definitely assist in feeling better, happier and more energetic; yet managerial decision making is definitely not based on someone looking heatlhy and fit, in comparison to fat but experienced and wise.

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