27 Apr Banker Ed Francisco Invested in Health
Ed Francisco is the quintessential over-achiever.
Not yet even a decade into competitive running, Ed has already raced in major marathons around the world: New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Chicago. He is next setting his sights on the famed Boston Marathon.
Not satisfied with just running, he began doing duathlons, then triathlons – in which he has been a consistent podium finisher in his age group.
He’s in his mid-50s, and is President of the Investment Banking Group of BDO Capital and Investment Corporation.
Yes, that Ed Francisco.
It’s tempting to ask how he manages to juggle the rigorous demands of both aspects of his life – and, perhaps more importantly, why.
The how, he matter-of-factly attributes to multi-tasking: watching CNN, and replying to emails and catching up with his children on his phone, while on the treadmill; stepping to a nearby gym for a quick workout, while on lunch break; taking in a regular run, even while on business trips.
The why is just as straight-forward a reason: it’s an investment.
Preventive maintenance is better, because of the rising cost of medicines, he reasons:
“The healthier a person, the better,” Ed says.
Even employers benefit from having healthy people at the workplace: there’s less downtime, according to him.
Always into sports—sweating it out three to four times a week –the seasoned executive fell into his much more active lifestyle, by accident. Literally.
He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury playing basketball about a decade ago. Opting not too aggravate his injury, Francisco traded in his sneakers for running shoes.
Blame it on his competitive streak: Ed couldn’t keep to just running for exercise. His competitive nature pushed him to join a 5K race, then a 21K after, leading to his first experience with a marathon, and his eventual crossover to duathlon and triathlon.
“I’m healthier now than I was, even before the injury,” he shares.
To more fully embrace training, the banker now goes to bed early, has stopped drinking alcohol, and watches his food intake.
He believes exercise reduces stress, and helps him think more clearly at the office.
Apart from working out and racing, Francisco routinely submits himself to an executive check-up.
One of his most memorable executive check-ups was at the Healthway clinic at the Shangri-La Mall. He described his session there as efficient, even pleasant: he remembers the nook, which was quiet; and the lounge, with paintings that helped him relax. His biggest surprise though was the breakfast that Healthway offered after.
The experience must have made an impact.
The mild-mannered banker smilingly offers this advice to Healthway: go build a hospital – many people will go to you.