To be healthy, don't die. Seems obvious enough yet some of us take actions every day that produces that result. I'm not talking about jumping out of a plane, I mean the boring stuff, good food and regular exercise. I don't preach about abstinence, God know's I have had my fair share of unhealthy, yet very enjoyable things. But now I am a dad, I think about my future and that of my kids and I want to be healthy and vital for my two boys and hopefully their kids. That means taking care of myself and now a big part of my life, is dedicated to my health and fitness.
So my stats...I'm 43, height 172cm, 78kg, never smoked (well hardly ever), drink regularly, eat everything, exercise three to four times a week for 20 minutes at a time. Here is a recent selfie of me at the gym for context.
Apologies for those not use to seeing me like this! However I feel it is important to share honestly how I got to be what I call 'fit at 40', because I see so many people give up. I truly believe it is your choice! You can be fit at any age and to get there it isn't about food and sport - it's actually about values.
Your values in the context of what's really important to you. This is reflected in how you spend your time, your money and what you prioritise. There is no right or wrong values, they just are so don't fight them, use them to your advantage. The seven common values I discuss with clients are: family, friends, money, business, spirituality, health and learning. So where is health on your list*? For some of you it will be towards the bottom because you don't dedicate time, money and attention to it.
Now for the good news! You can make health important by linking it to your top order values. How does your health support what is important for you? For example my drive to be healthy comes from my top values of: kids, business, relationships, self pride, lifestyle even financial. If I am not fit and healthy I am not giving my boys the best dad they can have. They learn from me and what I do, not what I tell them to do. They see me swim, run and be fit, therefore they replicate. In business, people respect and are attracted to my brand as I have vitality, plus I need energy to work long hours. To attract a partner who is attractive and vital I need to be the same and finally it saves me money on Doctors and medication!
Some might say it's easy for me, but I wasn't always healthy. I love eating junk food when I was a kid and lacked knowledge of nutrition and how to manage my body. In fact my nickname in school was 'Tubby', thanks Mick! It was only when I became more empowered and knowledgeable about my body that I learned that I was in control and could look and feel how I wanted. So I changed it. I will share what I do and how I can help you to be the same. The power is yours to be who you want to be, take it slow and start now.
* To assist on determining your values see Dr John Demartini's free Value Assessment here.
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