First and foremost we need to discuss our health.
Things have started to go south pretty fast right? Lack of motivation, lack of energy, lack of sleep, lack of sexual urge, lack of urgency....it seems everything has started to become "lack" luster. Why? Well, the excuses are easier than the solutions......."I never have any time", "I'm always too tired", "There is always something more important to do", "Modern Family is on in ten minutes." Whatever your excuses are (I have used them all) STOP IT and start focusing on yourself. It may seem hard at first, but it gets easier, even enjoyable and the benefits are wonderful. When you feel healthy and strong your self-confidence is strengthened, you feel invigorated, you are ready to take on more of life and face it, you are giving yourself a better chance of a longer and more functional life.
Now, I'm not going to start preaching to you about becoming the next Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jack Lalanne. What I am suggesting is that you make a conscience effort to put your health first and foremost before anything else you do. Let's be reasonable. You have run this machine called your body pretty hard for 50 odd years. Some of you have been smart and taken pretty good care of yourself. Kudos to you folks! But I bet that the majority (that only has to be 51%) of us have spent way too much time focusing on what we thought should be the priorities in our lives - monetary success, recognition, collecting material goods, etc. and not on ourselves.
You have heard the phrase before: "Your body is your temple". What does that mean? In short, you need to dedicate as much time as necessary to insure that you supply your body with enough care and tenderness to insure it functions in a state of physical and spiritual positivity. If you don't worship your own body, who will? Worshiping your body means taking care of it like you do your car or motorcycle. Worshiping your body means doing what is best for it both on the inside and the outside. Worshiping your body means nurturing it with proper nutrition, regular exercise and sufficient sleep. Worshiping your body means learning about it and listening to it. It seems the only time we listen to our body is when we are sick. When your body is sick, it's letting you know that something is wrong. It requires something that you are not giving it. You don't have to be obsessed with your body just in tune with it.
When I was putting in my 60+ hours a week of corporate grind, taking care of my body was the last thing on my mind. I was generally considered physically fit. I had an athletic build, pretty good muscle mass, some stamina and yes....even regular bowel movements. Overall my "machine" was running pretty good. But you begin to notice things as you creep into your 50's. The dreaded "belly pouch" starts to form. Your skin is not as tight and vibrant as it once was. That 3:00 o'clock drop in energy has become a pathetic feeling of exhaustion and parts of your body that once stood proud are beginning to find the floor more interesting and succumb to the forces of gravity.
So, what can we do about getting the old machinery back into race worthy condition? There are an incredible amount of programs and supplements and diets and holistic programs available for review on the internet. As I have promised, my job here is to do the leg work for you and bring to one place (my blog) a nice, compact and hopefully exciting collection of ideas and suggestions that you can use for yourself.
First, I will let you know what has worked for me over the last year and then tomorrow we'll dig deeper into some of the other options available to us. The bottom line is that you have to choose what works for you but you have to choose and you have to make it a priority.
I only ask one thing (today, there may be more tomorrow). Do me a favor.
When you decide what programs/supplements/concepts work for you, take a piece of paper and write the words
on it and tape it to your bathroom mirror. Let it be the first reminder of the morning. Make it your priority!
OK, what does Jay do to stay in shape? It is a combination of things:
1. Home workout 3 days a week on a Body Solid weight machine
2. Whey Protein
3. Eating healthier
5. The most beneficial addition to my quest to stay healthier: PLANKING. That's right....something that simple.
I will cover each part of "my program" in depth over the next few days and add in interesting and hopefully useful information that I have researched so please stay tuned and Thanks for joining me!!!