Maintaining an active interest in at least one sport through adult life can help keep us physically healthy, and looking great. It can also help us to feel great, and the regular release of endorphins we get when exercising can make us happier and more confident, relieving the stress of our day to day.
However plenty of experience and research also suggests that keeping up with one of these sports can also have a considerable impact on our careers and our business relationships with colleagues as well as important stakeholders outside of the business.
Here are our top 3 sports to get you ahead in your career.
Perfect in the summer, tennis clubs offer an elegant solution to blowing off some steam with your boss or colleagues. Play singles for a fierce tete-a-tete and prove you've got the nerve to look your boss in the eye while you execute keen decision making to take the advantage. Otherwise, try some doubles and enjoy the opportunity to showcase your effectiveness in a team.
Perhaps the most intensive sport available, squash is ideal for bonding with the boss while discussing important decision making. Becoming a skilful squash player takes commitment, stamina, and very fast reactions, all attributes that can help to get you ahead at work.
Mark Twain famously remarked that "golf is a good walk spoiled", but it's also undoubtedly the most important sport for getting ahead in the business world. There are plenty of reasons that make golf an ideal accomplice to business, and this may start with the slower pace of the game compared with most other sports. The country air, wide open spaces, and a nice walk are ideal with eliminating stress. Even if you aren't the fittest chap in the boardroom, golf is a sport that anyone can pick up. It's also one of the best ways to connect to others in a less formal environment, and by the time you've worked your way round 18 holes, and had a few refreshments in the clubhouse after, you'll have had the time to discuss more than you could over a whole day in the boardroom.