I read an article in the globe and mail today (courtesy of one of my twitter friends) about Fitness and Aging. it references some interesting new research that suggests our body breaks down (read slows down, loses strength and fitness etc) more because we stop working out than from age.
Here are a few thoughts for you …
1. You will cope with the stress and strain of your job better if you are in decent physical shape.
2. If you put on just 2 lb of fat every year starting at age 25 (let’s not even mention the Freshman 5/10/20) … then you are going to be carrying a lot of extra weight by the time you are my age … more than 60lbs (more than 4 stone for you Brits)!!!!
3. Everybody can find 30 minutes, 4 times a week to do some exercise … watch a little less TV, park your car 15 minutes from work and walk back and forth 5 times a week; get out both weekend days and then you only need two 30 minute slots during the week; ride a stationary bike while watching TV; there are lots of ways to do it.
4. Add some weights into your routine … you don’t need to build huge muscles (it is not likely to happen unless you put some serious amount of work into it), but weight training will build some muscle quite quickly, which will increase your metabolism and mean you burn more fat all the time.
5. Think before you eat or drink … do you need this; is there a better alternative; do you need ALL of it? Small changes can make a big difference.
Being fit does not necessarily mean you will live longer, but it will make your time here more enjoyable. This Summer I played soccer on the same team as my kids (in their twenties) … how cool is that?
I wrote a series of blog entries called The Healthy Executive … you don’t need to be an executive, take a read.
We only get one shot at life, it would be a shame not to live it as fully as possible.
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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