You work 60-hour weeks, you're the best in your field, and you chase success daily. But are you looking after the very assets – your health and fitness – that will ensure you keep hitting your targets?
Greg Stark focuses on the four pillars of performance – mindset, movement, nutrition and recovery – to show you how to challenge and nurture your body to reach peak proficiency at work. Through small, focused investments you can boost your energy levels, be pain free, build your confidence, increase your resilience, improve yourproductivity and ultimately do more of the things you love.
With methods backed by science and research, Sweat Equity is also packed with the testimonials and case studies of lawyers, accountants, bankers, company directors and entrepreneurs, along with insights from elite athletes such as Phil Kearns, Mark Bosnich, Wendell Sailor and Nathan Charles.
Greg Stark is the go-to trainer for stressed out corporate executives who are high flying and time poor, and the founder of Better Being. He is a regular force in the media across Sky Business, Men's Health, and CEO Magazine. With a university degree in exercise science and over twenty years in the fitness industry, Greg's knowledge and experience is leading the way. Greg enjoys a national profile through his media partners and ambassadorships for lululemon athletica and TomTom Sports. He has worked with some of the country's leading sports teams and sporting identities, as well as some of our best known celebrities. Visit www.betterbeing.com.au
Author: Greg Stark
Question: What inspired you to write Sweat Equity?
Greg Stark: I wrote Sweat Equity to help people integrate health into their daily practices. Most people know they need to move more, eat less and sleep better but often struggle to do so. I want people to realise that your health is more important than what the scales are telling but is in how you think, feel and perform every day.
Question: How does a healthy lifestyle maximise success in business?
Greg Stark: Success in business requires a relentless energy, unwavering focus and ability to think differently. When we are maintaining a healthy lifestyle we maximise not only our physical capacity but our mental function. Research shows our brains thrive when we move, yet sitting has become the smoking of our generation. Studies also show that people believe a healthier a person is the better the leader they are.
Question: How would you describe wellness?
Greg Stark: Wellness is not just the absence of disease but the presence of performance. Being well gives you the ability to perform at your best consistently. When we neglect our health we become lethargic, our brain becomes foggy, we can feel overwhelmed and inevitably end up getting sick or injured. Wellness is important not just for yourself but for those around you.
Question: What can we do, now, to ensure we stay on track with our New Year's Resolutions?
Greg Stark: The key to staying on track with your new years resolution is to ask yourself why is your health important to you? What purpose does it play in everyday life? What would happen if you become ill? Then set some measures of your progress, and not just the outcomes but your behaviours. I will go to the gym one day a week or I will have 3 nights off alcohol a week are all great behaviour based measures. And finally create accountability to support you in reaching these targets, even world class athletes need someone in their corner.
Question: If we have a super demanding work schedule - what should we be doing, in the gym?
Greg Stark: Time is one of the biggest barriers for people not engaging with their health, particularly in physical activity. Yet research shows that you can get significant results with as little as 15 minutes a week of high intensity interval exercise. The key is to remember one is always greater than zero, doing something is always better than doing nothing. Look for opportunities to be healthy even if it is a short walk at lunchtime or kicking a ball with the kids, all the little investments will bring great return to your wellbeing.
Interview by Brooke Hunter
Author: Greg Stark