Something about it just clicked for me. Physically as well as psychologically. I love that it's very challenging mentally and emotionally; you have to control fear, you have to stay focused on what it is you're doing. It's a great mind/body exercise and just the rush of adrenaline is so rewarding.Tell us about managing energy and why that's so important, especially for women who travel a lot?
Most of us don't give a whole lot of thought to our energy levels unless we feel like we don't have enough. And then oftentimes the reaction is, "I just need some more caffeine..." The demands that we have, the speed we have to function at, most women are just focused on spending energy. Do this, give that person that, and it's not sustainable over the long term. You can't be completely focused and productive all of the time. You have to find moments during the day where you can shut down and sort of renew your energy.
Activity is not necessarily productivity. Energy is tied into your sense of purpose and mission and your beliefs. To be honest, a lot of people don't spend a lot of time getting clarity on what their purpose and mission is, it's just the never-ending to-do list. They're checking tasks off this list without thinking a lot about the big picture; just putting out fires. Is what you're doing in the service of your mission? Is it getting you closer to your mission personally? Is it getting you closer to your mission professionally?
Energy is multidimensional, and starts at the physical level. So for example, sitting for extended periods of time is what a lot of people have to do in meetings, at their desks, long flights. That can diminish your energy, so just moving a little and often throughout the day is a great way to keep your energy levels up. And taking it further, getting into intense exercise actually expands the body's energy-generating capacity. Also, if you're working on a project that's very complex and requires a lot of mental focus and concentration, try switching to another mental task that's a lot easier for you. So it could be just cleaning out your inbox for 10 minutes, and then going back to that high-intensity, high-focus mental task.
One story you can tell yourself is that it's impossible to be healthy when you're on the road because you have to eat at restaurants and you have to stay at hotels. But another story you can tell yourself is that this is a great opportunity to eat healthy. So if you're at a restaurant or ordering room service, decide what do you want your protein to be? What would you like your grain to be? What would you like your fruit and vegetable to be? They have all those ingredients in the kitchen and they can put them together in almost any permutation, you just have to ask.
If you have your body and gravity is turned on, that is all you need. So let's say you didn't pack sneakers. Not a problem. In your hotel room you can do push-ups, squats, lunges, ab crunches, burpees, and move really quickly between those exercises so you can get your heart rate going. You're working all your major muscle groups. Even if you're just doing yoga, you don't need to have shoes for that or any equipment.
I love Kimpton! All the people that I've met at Kimpton have just been so amazing; they are so passionate about what they're doing...I love the fact that whenever I walk into a Kimpton hotel room I really feel like somebody cares about me, whether it's the fresh fruit in the room, or having the yoga mat and yoga block to make it easy for me to take care of myself while I'm on the road. The animal print robe, come on! That's always the clincher for me. There's a tongue-in-cheek energy that really appeals to me.