‘Taking your own pulse first’

| Updated on July 06, 2018

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Global Chief Executive Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Global Chief Executive Officer, Bill and

Melinda Gates Foundation

1 Run: I’m a bit of a stereotypical CEO. I get up early every morning and run 5 km. Wherever I am in the world, whether it’s a hotel  gym, treadmill, or city park, I always make time for this. No matter what you’re signed up to do, you can’t show up in ways that you are proud of, or inspire others, if inside you’re tired, cranky, and unhealthy. Start by taking care of yourself, it’s what us doctors call “taking your own pulse first”.

2 Fun: Getting out and about with family and friends gives me so much energy. I love mountain biking and skiing with my husband, Nick. And one of the best experiences I’ve had at the Foundation was cycling with a colleague from meeting-to-meeting in Beijing.

3 Eat well: It’s important for me to be smart about what I eat. I’m not one for diets or food fads. I prefer a balanced diet with lots of vegetables and lean protein in reasonable portions. I love a treat too! So, occasionally I’ll eat sweets or drink alcohol, but only in small quantities.

4 Sleep: Nothing is more important than resting and recharging. I often find myself having to cope with jet lag and a busy schedule.  Rather than trying to get in sync with local time, I like to ignore the clock and sleep whenever I feel tired.

5 Read: Staying mentally active is as important as being physically fit. I find that getting lost in a good book provides stimulation and relaxation. I make time to read every day.

Published on July 06, 2018

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