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HP India MD Sumeer Chandra overcame bad health choices with ‘The Corporate Athlete’

After a spate of bad health choices, Chandra finally changed his lifestyle five years ago.

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Last Updated: Aug 09, 2018, 09.02 AM IST|Original: Aug 09, 2018, 09.02 AM IST
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HP India MD Sumeer Chandra
The weight of occupying the corner office can lead to weighty issues, a reality that HP India MD Sumeer Chandra faced. Think no exercise, long working hours and bad eating habits.

“When I started my first job as a management consultant in Mumbai, I suddenly found myself without an avenue for exercise. Combine that with eating less-than-healthy food, I gained weight in the early stage of my career,” Chandra said.

After a spate of bad health choices, Chandra changed things five years ago, taking a cue from a book 'The Corporate Athlete' by Dr Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.

According to the book, Chandra says, a corporate athlete, much like a sports athlete, needs to pay attention to the quality of their nutrition, fitness routine, sleep, and mental well-being.

“Leadership requires tremendous amount of energy, which needs to be sustained over long periods of time. To generate and maintain such energy, I have found a lot of value in the concept,” Chandra says.

Since then, it’s been a regular routine of running, playing tennis and healthy eating for the top boss.

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