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Why do business leaders sometimes fail at their health?
I know I did. I was a stress eater, gained 55 lbs of fat, and woke up exhausted after sleeping.
To put it bluntly: I looked like shit and I felt like shit.
If I was an airplane, I was breaking apart and crashing.
I’d be hard pressed to say which was the worst day of my life.
Maybe it was the day my wife informed me she wanted a divorce. I felt blindsided. That hurt stayed with me for a long time.
Then there was the day I woke up exhausted, stumbled into the bathroom and tipped the scales over 55 lbs overweight. In that moment I hated my reflection staring back at me in the mirror.
Both those days sucked.
But pain has signaling value.
I did a 6-week program called Mass Made Simple by respected strength coach Dan John.
Dan is a genius (some say a sadist) at programming training to break through mental and physical barriers.
You can read about my experience and results in adding muscle mass here.
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, men’s health coaches, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
Here is my list of the 12 best men’s health resources.
before and after I became The Healthy Executive
Getting fat and out-of-shape was easiest thing I ever did in my life.
It happened while I was stressed out taking a high-tech company public.
Compared to making a million dollars, the hardest thing I ever did was lose 50 lbs and get back into shape.
As a busy executive I had no spare time, traveled extensively, and hated going to the gym.
But I struggled on anyhow…failed often…persevered nevertheless…took two steps backwards…experimented ruthlessly…kept only what was needed…and threw out everything that didn’t work.
In this post I share with you what works, plus this month’s self-experiment in getting to 8% bodyfat.
Health Coaches are key to improving health and lowering healthcare costs.
In the U.S. alone, $4 trillion will be spent on healthcare just this year.
- Only 2% goes towards prevention.
Eight Months Later And Still Going Strong
Many of us begin motivated to diet or exercise …. but then taper off …. only to find ourselves back where we started six months later.
So how can we improve, and more importantly how do we sustain our health and fitness for life?
One of the best ways is to learn from those who demonstrate ongoing self-mastery of their health.
Over an 8 month period Ian lost 4″ off his waist, lost 14.5 lbs of fat, and gained 1.6 lbs of lean muscle.
These are Ian’s insights…
From 176 lbs on the left (2/9/17) to 152 on the right (4/20/17)
I have been dieting and training very hard for about 2 1/2 months now in an attempt to lose weight and get my body in shape.
“I definitely feel like my mind is a lot clearer and it’s easier for me to remain focused as a performer.”
The highest rate of depression is in men aged 40 – 59
Each year the World Health Organization chooses a global health issue to focus on, and this year they are focusing on depression.
Things happen in life, like difficulties with work or finances, the breakdown of a relationship, overwhelming family responsibilities, or a significant setback. These challenges can take a serious toll on your mental health, if left unchecked. Many men tough it out and struggle alone.
Some ways to look after your mental health
- Do more of the things that make you feel great and help you to de-stress
- Spend time with friends
- Share what’s going on, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed