One day Joshua looked in #the mirror and realized he’d gained a few extra pounds. He was tipping the scales at 240. This was like wearing a 320-pound “fireman’s weight vest” 24/7. I reached 18 pounds over my ideal weight at my heaviest.
During this roller-coaster ride, he and I have learned the foolproof way to sustain the energy necessary to run a successful company is simple: nourish your body, mind and spirit. It’s simple to comprehend but not easy to live it every day.
When people say they want to get healthy, they usually mean, “Mirror, mirror #on the wall …” They want their reflections to look thinner with more muscle tone. They want more energy that lasts morning to evening.
The body is just one facet of your #health trio though. These three simple tips help melt your extra fat and stress and steer you on the path towards greater health. Plus, you can do them in less time than it takes to send out a company-wide email.
My co-founder Joshua and I have ridden the entrepreneur’s health roller coaster. For instance, when Joshua first reached a high point in his career, it was common for him to eat dinner at upscale restaurants. He’d gorge on something fatty and delicious such as pork belly and throw back a couple of high-sugared cocktails. Joshua justified it to himself by asking, “After all that energy I devoted to work, I deserved it right?”
The researchers studied more than 47,000 young and middle-aged #men and women, average age around 41, who answered questions about how long and how well they slept.
Then they had tests to measure their cardiovascular health. Early coronary lesions were detected by measuring the amount of calcium in the arteries of the heart. Stiffness of arteries was measured by the speed of blood coursing through the arteries in the upper arm and ankle.
Findings showed that adults who slept fewer than five hours a night had 50 percent more calcium in their coronary arteries than those who slept seven hours. Those who slept nine hours or more a night had even worse outcomes, with 70 percent more coronary calcium compared to those who slept seven hours.
Sleep quality also made a big difference. Adults who reported poor sleep quality also had more calcium buildup in their arteries, 20 percent more than those who said they slept well.
Are you not getting enough sleep, or are you getting too much? If your answer to either of these questions is “yes,” you may be at risk of heart disease.
And as for all these fat people wandering about, eating Gregg’s pasties and going venti on their frappucinos, what’s their problem? Eat less, #move more; it’s not complicated. Whatever you’re doing works all right. You don’t have to worry. You’re fine.
Well, sorry: you do have to worry. We all have to worry. We’re all going to live longer – according to the Office of National Statistics, as a man you can expect to hit 79 – and, while that’s good news, there’s a decent chance that, without taking steps to prevent it, you’ll spend those bonus years in depressingly poor health. “The increase in healthy life expectancy has not been as dramatic as the growth of life expectancy,” write researchers in a recent edition of online medical health journal the Lancet. “And as a result, people are #living more years with illness and disability.”
So: let’s assume you’re not medically-definably fat. Congratulations! Perhaps you’ve snuck under the wire of the outmoded BMI system, which doesn’t take muscle into account and will happily classify you as ‘#obese’ even if you’re built like an Incredible Hulk-era Lou Ferrigno. Hopefully you’re actually using your body fat percentage as a measure instead, and you’re somewhere in the 8-19 per cent range that the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition considers ‘healthy’.
At the very least, let’s assume your waist circumference is less than half your height, which most health professionals consider to be a decent marker of longevity. If you’re simply pulling that off through fortuitous genetics and no exercise ever, well, there’s no reason to be smug: if you want to spend your last days on the planet getting off the toilet unassisted, there’s more you can do.
The problem with fat (subcutaneous not dietary) is that it encourages binary thinking. If you can fit into an aeroplane seat or those jeans you’ve had for a decade, it’s easy to assume you’re winning: you aren’t part of this obesity crisis everyone’s talking about, and nobody’s going to make a harrowing C4 documentary about you or haul you out of your house on a crane.
Write it down, memorise it, rewrite it. Your decision behind changing your lifestyle is driven by a reason. Don’t forget it. Get specific and use it to realign and reset.
Walk, run, cycle, swim, yoga, do a #home workout… Options are endless. Get your endorphins and the stagnant energy going. I promise you’ll feel a huge amount better and more motivated.
There’s a reason that phoning a friend is a great option (and not just in quiz shows). They’ll call you out on any lame excuses, they’ll meet you at 6.30am to go for a workout, they’ll listen to and then push you to take some action.
I bet no matter how crappy you think things are going, you can find a few reasons to celebrate. Took your lunch with you for 3 days straight? Woop woop. Walked to the shop last night or didn’t open that second packet of crisps? It’s all progress.
. All healthy pursuits go out the window, replaced by other pursuits — frozen margaritas, pizza, pasta, ice cream, beer and sun lounging (with sunscreen, of course!)
“It’s a very good thing to do,” he said on TODAY Friday. “However, if you’re looking for a hangnail and you find out that some tropical disease could cause it and you think you’re going to die, that causes anxiety and frustration. We don’t want to do that. We want to go in the opposite direction.”
Take comfort in knowing that you’re not the only one who worries about what you find online, and that there are easy steps you can take to make your Web searching more effective.
There may be more reliable sources past the first page, yet 90 percent of people don’t go past the first page; 60 percent don’t go past the first three items, Oz said.
“Go to the second page,” he said, noting that some sites may be trying to sell products. “There’s lots of great information out there. Take advantage of it. It takes you no extra time.”
Researching your aches and pains before seeing your doctor is a good idea, says Dr. Mehmet Oz, though he worries that patients may be making themselves extra-anxious.