If you’ve ever strolled through the aisles at a big-box book store, you probably spent a good part of your journey winding through the sections devoted to health, diet and fitness. With so many “experts” sharing their “secrets,” it’s a wonder we aren’t all slim and healthy, running marathons with six-pack abs to boot.
Take a look at the people strolling through the mall, and you’ll find that the opposite is true. While we have the advice, Americans (and a majority of the rest of the world) aren’t paying attention. This is National Nutrition Month, so it seems fitting to focus on all things healthy. An article in Time Magazine’s Health and Family section, “It’s National Nutrition Month: Health Tips From Some Of The Fittest People Out There,” shares tips on diet, exercise, and staying healthy from real experts. These individuals are leaders in their field and role models who took their own advice and are staying healthy.
Weight Watchers is ranked the #1 weight loss program, and CEO David Kirchhoff shares his own journey and tips for losing weight and keeping it off. Willpower, Kirchhoff says, isn’t the way to lose weight. He stays slim by managing his environment, since every day he’s surrounded by food (as we all are) and has to constantly remind himself to make healthy choices. His diet? Basically, the My Plate concept with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and seafood. He also recommends mindful eating at a table and putting your fork down between bites. Slow down! Most people eat so fast or are distracted while eating they don’t enjoy (or remember) the experience. Lastly, eat healthy foods as a habit, not from willpower.
Fitness trainer and former champion boxer, Michael Olajide, Jr., co-founder of AEROSPACE High Performance Center, has four championship titles, ranked #1 in the world in his class, and is a fitness trainer to the rich and famous. He calls himself an omnivore—no diet restrictions except for fast food and anything injected with hormones. Treat food as fuel is his nutrition tip. We eat too much, period, while our bodies need a lot less to survive. While most of us won’t be able to do his one-arm pushups, he suggests doing things with intensity to stay physically fit. The fight, Olajide says, is against the disease of overeating. No pill can do it. It’s a personal battle.
Dr. David Sacher is another health guru who has maintained his weight for the past 30 years by following a sensible diet and exercise routine. The former U.S. Surgeon General starts his day with 45 minutes of exercise, followed by a healthy breakfast of fruit, cereal and milk, and one boiled egg. Lunch and dinner are some type of lean protein with two servings of vegetables and fresh fruit for dessert. Occasionally he’ll throw in some pasta and sauce. He also has one glass of red wine with dinner every night. Dr. Sacher recommends making health and fitness part of your daily routine. He and Michael Olajide agree that we need fewer calories to stay healthy, especially as we get older. His two tips—get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day and start with a healthy breakfast.
There are pills, potions, exercise videos and weight loss programs that promise a slim, healthy body with little or no effort. Not so, say these experts who are living proof of their advice. They say if you want to be successful, look at what successful people are doing and do the same. Good advice for success in business, life and a healthy future.
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