Category Archives: Active lifestyle

The Verdict Is In…

Standard American diet

Excess body fat is dangerous, and can be deadly. In fact, the additional weight is not only a burden to carry around, it can cause so many different diseases. Diseases that include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, hypertension; plus, many more.

For the past 2 weeks we’ve been focusing on diabetes awareness. So it should come as no surprise that being overweight is one of the leading causes.

It’s not a guarantee, but the data is strong.

This doesn’t mean that if you’re thin, you’re immune to diabetes or other diseases. It’s just that being overweight is a condition that’s noteworthy as we evaluate diabetes prevention. Or reversing a diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis.

It’s also worth noting (or repeating) that the top 3 recommendations and lifestyle changes after receiving a diabetes diagnosis include:

  1. Improve your nutrition.
  2. Increase your activity level and exercise.
  3. Get adequate sleep.

Actually, these “recommendations” are advisable for everyone, including non-diabetics. People of all ages and fitness levels.

I know, I sound like a broken record – I continually write about these 3 topics. But this is what you need. It’s what we all need… to improve our health & vitality.

So my question is – “Why wait?”

Why wait for a medical emergency? Why wait for a doctor to prescribe this “directive” to get you to start doing something about it?

Diabetes is not to be taken lightly. It’s a serious disease that can wreak havoc on your body and your life.

You’ve heard the alarming statistic – two-thirds of people in the US are either overweight or obese. This is not only unfortunate. It’s unnecessary!

Standard American diet

The standard American diet (SAD) is one obvious giveaway. And yes, it is SAD this has become the norm (and likely the cause of so many health issues and early deaths in our society).

What does the standard American diet consist of?

Far too many highly processed meals (if you can even call them meals). Sugary or artificially sweetened beverages. A lot of excess sodium, sugar, fried foods, and saturated fat. Barely any nutrient-dense whole foods. And if there are any, they’re probably prepared with heavy sauces, or loaded up with other high calorie crap.

It’s truly a SAD situation.

I may sound like I’m ranting, and I guess I am. It’s just so frustrating to see so much neglect and laziness around, that eventually catches up and causes some nasty and devastating life-changing events for so many people.

So what can you do?

Let’s look at a common example: You have been consuming the standard American diet for far too long – you’re overweight – you have diabetes – and you want to integrate new, healthier habits into your life. You also want to break some of your unhealthy routines and habits, but don’t know where to begin.

Here are 9 things you can start doing to free yourself from the standard American diet and improve your health & wellness:

  1. Replace sugar and artificially sweetened beverages with water. Your goal should be 2 to 3 liters per day for the ladies, and 3 to 4 liters for the men.
  2. Start walking every day, or on most days. Strive for 10K a day.
  3. Minimize your sugar and sodium intake. This includes artificial sweeteners.
  4. Minimize processed white flour products like breads, pastas, pizza, and bagels.
  5. Cook more often at home, and eat fewer meals out.
  6. When you do eat out, skip the appetizers and dessert. And ask to have your meal prepared how you want it. Go grilled; not fried. Steamed; not soaked in butter. Salad dressing on the side…
  7. If you’re still smoking, STOP! And minimize your alcohol intake.
  8. Subscribe to this blog, and review previous posts.
  9. Hire a certified personal trainer to help you develop an effective exercise plan based on your medical condition and fitness level.

If not for yourself, make some healthy changes for someone else. Take it one step at a time. And have patience as you develop each new healthy habit. With consistency, your results will begin to appear. And compound!

Standard American diet

This wraps up our 3-part series on diabetes awareness. You can link back to the last 2 posts here:

If you know someone who can benefit from this information, I encourage you to share this post with them.

I hope you found this information to be helpful and valuable.

And if you’re approaching your diabetes diagnosis from the preventative side, I’d suggest getting on the waiting list for an upcoming group coaching program that I’m conducting.

I have designed this new “pilot” program to help you lose weight and get in shape in a proven and sustainable way. It’s based on small lifestyle changes that produce better health & vitality by focusing on healthy habits that get results.

This program will change your life!

I am looking for serious people who will commit to losing weight and getting into the best shape of their life.

If this describes you, then get on the waiting list and sign up here.

Thank you for sharing your time with me. I hope you found value.

Now it’s time for YOU to take action…

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Type 2 Diabetes Is Serious!

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is serious! It’s been called a “silent” disease because there’s such a wide range of symptoms that often don’t appear until blood sugar levels are off the charts.

Unfortunately, the warning signs can be so mild that you may not notice them. In fact, some type 2 diabetes sufferers don’t find out they have the disease until other problems surface as a result of the long-term damage caused by it.

Last week we looked at some of the symptoms and common lifestyle markers that are common to many diabetes sufferers. This week, we’ll continue with additional information and resources.

When the pancreas is working properly, it releases insulin, which helps our bodies store and use sugar from the food we eat. If the pancreas isn’t working properly and one of these conditions occurs:

  1. The pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin.
  2. When the pancreas produces very little insulin.
  3. Or if the body doesn’t respond appropriately to insulin.

then a type 2 diabetes diagnosis usually follows after testing.

It’s also worth noting that people with type 2 diabetes have a significantly higher risk for stroke and heart disease.

So it’s crucial to get checked out if you suspect any symptoms. Here’s an article on 12 things that make type 2 diabetes more likely.

According to the American Diabetes Association, everyone over the age of 45 should be screened for Diabetes every 3 years.

However, you shouldn’t wait to be screened if certain risk factors are present. Like high blood pressure and high cholesterol; or if you’re overweight.

Type 2 diabetes

If you suffer from any of the type 2 diabetes symptoms, you should call your doctor. Some of these include:

  • Increased thirst.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Weak and tired feeling.
  • Unexplained weight loss.

If you’re not sure, seek medical attention. Here are some additional warning signs.

There’s a wealth of online information about diabetes. You may want to check out this WebMD Type 2 Diabetes Guide. It’s a “dashboard” of web links to specific topics. The info can sometimes seem repetitive between multiple posts; and in my opinion, includes way too many advertisements. But nonetheless, it’s informative and helpful overall.

It’s also beneficial to improve your nutrition when managing type 2 diabetes. Here’s an article on 15 foods to help manage diabetes.

And finally, here’s a link to last week’s post if you missed it.

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Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. For the next 3 weeks, I will focus on diabetes. To raise awareness, in addition to providing preventative advice to reverse this epidemic.

How?

By discussing symptoms, warning signs, and treatments, along with sharing online resources and tips.

By the way, even if you’re not diabetic, you’ll discover valuable information here that can help you or someone else. So I encourage you to stay tuned and continue reading.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease. It’s been called a “silent” disease because there are such a wide range of symptoms that often don’t appear until blood sugar levels are off the charts.

Unfortunately, type 2 diabetes has become very common with far too many people suffering from countless symptoms. And yet it is so preventable in many cases.

From this “preventable” side, I have found 3 shared common denominators in most cases, which include:

  1. Being overweight

  2. Low or no activity level

  3. Poor diet / nutrition

I don’t want to seem insensitive. Nor am I trying to minimize the devastating impact this disease can cause, because it can be life-threatening. I also don’t know what it’s like to live with diabetes.

Diabetes

With optimism and compassion, I prefer to look at it from the preventative side. Mainly because I have read so much about how type 2 diabetes is reversible.

So in addition to raising awareness (to hopefully help someone recognize they may have symptoms and need treatment), I want to leverage my experience with healthy nutrition and exercise to support anyone who is suffering, by helping them reverse their condition.

This week I’d like to share resources I’ve discovered while conducting some research about diabetes.

You can find the New Life Outlook website, along with many articles.

Here are just a few specific ones to get started:

I hope this information is helpful and valuable.

Diabetes

And if you’re approaching your diabetes diagnosis from the preventative side, I’d suggest getting on the waiting list for an upcoming group coaching program that I’m conducting.

I have designed this new “pilot” program to help you lose weight and get in shape in a proven and sustainable way. It’s based on small lifestyle changes that produce better health & vitality by focusing on healthy habits that get results.

This program will change your life!

I am looking for serious people who will commit to losing weight and getting into the best shape of their life.

If this describes you, then get on the waiting list and sign up to see if you qualify here.

Thank you for sharing your time with me. I hope you found value.

Now it’s time for YOU to take action…

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Is Your Lifestyle Sustainable?

Sustainable

I talk openly about the sustainability of the health & wellness strategies I write about and teach.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s the only way to approach a long-term endeavor. Like your health & wellness initiative… involving nutrition, fitness, and sleep… for vitality and longevity.

But what do I mean by sustainable?

Well, let me start by defining what I don’t mean, or believe in.

  1. Rapid and quick fix weight loss techniques – including body cleanses, and extreme diets with unsafe calorie restrictions.
  2. Diet programs where you are required to buy special meals.
  3. Gimmicks like freezing fat cells, slimming belts and creams.
  4. Supplement subscriptions that claim to be “the solution”. Especially the ones that promote the “magic” weight loss pill that requires no activity or exercise.
  5. Restrictive “no-fat” or “no-carb” diets that exclude one of the essential macronutrients.

Okay, now that I’ve cleared the air, I’d like to share my view on sustainable strategies for getting into the best shape of your life.

And this includes losing excess weight for many reasons, but mainly to prevent disease so we can live longer. But also for the “feel-good” and “look-good” benefits that maintaining a healthy weight provides.

Sustainable

To me, sustainability involves…

  1. Great nutrition. Foods you can eat and meals we can prepare that include the highest quality nutrients. Whole foods with portions containing all 3 macronutrients in the “cleanest” possible fashion.
  2. Exercise we can maintain that benefits our body, mind, and overall outlook. We need to stress our muscles, cardiovascular system (heart), and respiratory system (lungs) with “prolonged” Something you may not actually “love”, but “like” enough to maintain for the long-term. And realize, this will evolve over time as we age.
  3. Adequate rest in the amount of 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. This allows us to recharge our physical and mental capacities, so we can be our absolute best.
  4. Mindfulness techniques to help us relax and reduce stress.
  5. Essentially, it all comes down to making healthier choices, which build healthy habits that promote sustainability. And sometimes, this includes short-term sacrifice for long-term gain.

Sustainable

Earlier this year I wrote about The 6 Pillars To Better Health & Vitality. This included 6 specific habits based on years of my own personal experience. The program took place over a 6-month period, and focused on one habit per month that continued to accumulate (or compound) as the 6 months progressed.

I also coached a small group of people directly throughout the entire 6 months to help reinforce the philosophy, concepts, and healthy habits I was promoting.

Overall, it was a very successful program. There were however, noteworthy successes and failures. It’s interesting to note that those who took the program serious and participated, over-achieved their goals and succeeded. And those who didn’t, didn’t.

So, what’s next…

 

Recently I mentioned that I’m conducting another program.

I have designed this new “pilot” program to help you lose weight and get in shape in a very similar proven and sustainable way. It too is based on small lifestyle changes that produce better health & vitality by focusing on healthy habits that get results.

I am looking for 5 serious people who will commit to losing weight and getting into the best shape of their life.

Get on the waiting list by signing up to see if you qualify here.

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The Fountain of Youth

I’m sharing an interesting “scientific” post that reinforces my philosophy about health & wellness; and specifically, healthy aging. It’s titled “Is Your Lifestyle Aging You?”, and puts a spotlight on how our lifestyle affects the aging process.

Healthy

You can view the post by clicking here.

It’s time to get back to basics.

I often refer to The Health Triad, and firmly believe that by combining great nutrition with regular physical activity and adequate sleep, you will live longer and have more vitality.

You will also prevent life-altering (or ending) conditions that include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. And not to mention plenty of other nasty ones too by taking better care of ourselves.

I love this quote…

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” ~ Jim Rohn

I guess it all depends on how good you want to look and how great you want to feel; and for how long. Or put another way, how long do you want to live with a great quality of life (body and mind)?

And of course, how much you’re willing to “pay the price”. Although, I have to admit… paying the price will take some time and effort.

It’s not difficult, and it’s SOooo worth it.

If you’re having difficulty getting started, check out these posts:

Just curious, have you read The Compound Effect?

I think you should and I highly recommend it!

Go to www.thecompoundeffect.com.

In it, you will learn how just a few disciplines will completely transform your life and the way you approach everything.

I trust that you’ll find it as valuable as I have!

Healthy

Last week I mentioned that I’m conducting another “pilot” program.

I’ve designed it to help you lose weight and get in shape in a proven and sustainable way. It’s based on lifestyle changes that produce better health & vitality by focusing on healthy habits that get results.

I am looking for 5 serious people who will commit to losing weight and getting into the best shape of their life.

Sign up to see if you qualify here.

 

Thank you for sharing your time with me. I hope you found value.

Now it’s time for YOU to take action…

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Want To Become a Fat-Burning Machine?

The human body is an incredible creation. And being alive and well is such a gift.

“The gift of life is the greatest gift of all.” ~ Philip Van Doren Stern

So I have to ask, how are you caring for your masterpiece?

Are you a fat-burning machine…

or a fat-building one?

There’s science behind each type. And although it’s black and white, I believe we are “shaped” by our choices (pun intended). Which oftentimes can be unclear and damaging to us.

Why?

Because oftentimes, our choices are unconscious and unhealthy.

And contrary to what the bogus countless “quick-fix” diet plans and body cleanses, and the wallet-draining supplement industry wants you to believe, there’s no secret to fat-burning.

It all comes down to YOU!

In the form of the:

  • conscious choices you make
  • healthy habits you build
  • actions you take
  • decisions you make
  • and disciplines you develop (consistently) every day

Sustainable fat-burning for weight loss or weight maintenance takes time and effort. And that’s not popular in today’s busy world.

Like it or not though… it’s true!

You see, those “quick-fix” diet plans are focused on short-term results, and teach you virtually nothing about sustainable weight-loss strategies. And they’ll leave you hungry.

As far as I’m concerned, anything that promotes monstrous results in little time, and with minimal effort is a SCAM.

If this sounds daunting and confusing, it is, but doesn’t have to be.

I prefer to teach how to build and maintain a few new habits. Small, sustainable adjustments you can easily incorporate into your life.

This is NOT a restrictive starvation diet, rigid fitness program, or a ridiculous fee-based supplement program.

That crap DOESN’T WORK! But you already knew that.

You can do this all naturally, on your own.

When YOU improve your nutrition, and YOU exercise with passion and purpose, YOU will lose weight.

And YOU will get into the best shape of your life!

Fat burning

I am organizing another “pilot” program with a few, select students.

Earlier this year I ran a program. In fact, a very successful one. And guess what?

Yep, you guessed it! Only the students who were committed and took the program serious, and consistently participated every week saw significant results. In fact, they accomplished their goals ahead of schedule and are still going.

Why?

It’s simple… they:

  • learned what to do
  • developed sustainable habits and disciplines
  • maintained consistency, but remained flexible
  • tracked and learned from the feedback they observed
  • and turned their healthy habits with the momentum gained into life-changing results

The coolest part is that it became part of their new healthy lifestyle.

Oh, and what about the others that didn’t follow through?

The majority were enthusiastic in the beginning, but because they were not committed to the program, participating, and doing the work, they didn’t see life-changing results.

Some in fact moved on mid-stream to a new weight-loss program.

What??? Shocking

So, I am conducting another “pilot” weight loss program focused on health & vitality. I’m looking for 5 serious people who will commit to losing weight and getting into the best shape of their life.

By “commit” I mean, there will be goals, accountability, participation and effort required, and of course… skin in the game.

Here’s the initial criteria. You:

  • need to be at least 50 years old.
  • need to lose at least 20 to 50 pounds.
  • are “coach-able” and will participate.
  • have the openness to learn and willingness to take action.
  • will put forth the effort required to achieve your initial goal, and then maintain your new lifestyle.

You will learn how to develop lifelong healthy habits and disciplines. Essential elements that will keep you in the best shape of your life.

Here’s what you can expect to learn:

  • How to eat “cleaner” for longevity. This is NOT a diet.
  • The importance of strength and cardio training for exercise.
  • Managing the calories you eat and the ones you burn.
  • How to get into the best shape of your life.
  • And stay this way!

It’s about developing healthy habits that get results!

And I know the results are possible because this is how I live.

Fat burning

Can this program help you like it’s helped others?

“I fall into the same pattern every year. I’ll lose weight, then put it right back on again. Your program has been a tremendous addition to my life. Learning the 6 pillars to better health has been an easy program to follow and most importantly to stick! As the program progressed, I found these pillars becoming habits!”

“You’ll be happy to know that the pillars you’ve taught me are sticking!  So far I haven’t reverted back to my old habits and I’m enjoying the new ones I’ve developed under your direction.”

“I am much more conscious now of how to live a healthier lifestyle, and have 3 notch marks on my belt showing my 6-month progress!”

“I love focusing on getting a good night sleep, and the most important thing… you changed my relationship with food! I now am making the choice to make healthier food choices that make me feel much better after eating, instead of bad ones that make me feel uncomfortable.”

“I recommend to anyone who is looking for a lifestyle and mindset change to follow John’s program. All you have to do is follow along and act on it. Eventually it sticks, and becomes part of your life.”

If you’re still interested and would like to learn more about this pilot program, sign up to see if you qualify here.

Thank you for sharing your time with me. I hope you found value.

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Is Sitting the New Equivalent to Smoking?

We know that smoking is more than just bad for us; it’s deadly.

Recent studies are revealing there may be a new equivalent to smoking. Something we all do every day, and need to do less of.

Moving

Are you a couch potato?

Do you need a reason to start moving more?

Is walking part of your wellness plan?

How about regular exercise?

Well, in addition to losing your gut, my goal for sharing this My Fitness Pal article is to help you get off your butt, and get moving.

This may even add a little spring to your step.

Exercise has been proven to provide many healthy benefits which include weight loss and reversing preventable medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Not to mention living longer.

And if you’re already enjoying the benefits of regular exercise, congratulations. But don’t start celebrating, yet… at least until you read this article.

You’ll probably find it shocking and helpful at the same time. If you discover that you’re an “active couch potato”, you’ll appreciate the tips to minimize your sitting time to increase your longevity.

So stand up and click here to learn more about this silent killer.

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The 7-Day Walking Plan

Last week’s post generated some great feedback. It was titled Judgement Day Is Calling!.

I have to confess though, I have been challenged lately with a lack of clarity, as it relates to the direction and content of this blog. Overall, I feel like I’m spinning my wheels and not providing valuable content.

Walking

Maybe I need to change direction…

Can you recall ever having difficulty setting a clear direction or path for the future? Or perhaps, the next step of a goal you’ve set?

If you can, then you can probably relate that it’s discouraging and frustrating. Sometimes even stressful.

Well, when I need to get creative, or just clear my head, I find that a power walk usually helps. So that’s what I did, I went for a power walk. And about 20 to 30 minutes into it, I did start feeling better. Not only with my thoughts, but with the added benefit of stress to my legs and core too.

So this week, I want to emphasize the benefits of walking. And introduce you to a My Fitness Pal blog post titled “The 7-Day Walking Plan”. You can link to it by clicking here.

Walking

Walking is an essential habit that provides tremendous health benefits. If you find that you’ve been sedentary, and have had difficulty beginning a new exercise regimen, walking is a fantastic way to get started. Just make sure to check with your doctor.

If you’ve already integrated walking and exercise into your wellness plan, check out the walking plan. You may still find value in it.

Variety and intensity can inspire better results.

And if you’re looking for better results through variety and intensity, you may also appreciate “Walk This Way, or Else… You can link to this post by clicking here.

10K a day is very doable, but walking 10,000 steps a day doesn’t happen by accident. It requires a plan, some desire and effort, and a little bit of time.

I’m hoping to recapture the clarity I once had for this blog. I truly believe these concepts are straightforward and sustainable.  And they deliver tremendous results!

So in the meantime, I want this post to spark something for you as well. To improve your activity level, and help you incorporate more healthy habits into your lifestyle.

By making them enjoyable and sustainable.

All the best…

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Judgment Day Is Calling!

Every day is judgment day for me.

And it starts in the morning…

when I step on the scale.

Actually, it’s all about the day before… knowing that I will be stepping up and held accountable in the morning.

Which helps to shape my choices and decisions in the moment.

About the quality of the calories I consume, along with a reminder about the ones I need to burn.

One of the most important things we can do to improve our health is to be mindful of the feedback we receive, as a result of all that we do (or decide not to do).

I focus on the long-term, and build habits around The Health Triad.

  • Nutrition – the quantity and quality of the calories you consume.
  • Exercise – the frequency and intensity you generate.
  • Sleep – the quality and the amount you get.

How can we know if we’re on the right track if we don’t monitor our choices and measure the results of our habits?

Feedback

Seriously…

Which is why I’ve learned to seek feedback through observation, and embrace failure when it happens. The information is invaluable, and ultimately helps us make better decisions in the future by influencing the next step we take in the moment (toward our goals).

Here’s an example…

Think about it this way. Let’s say you’re overweight. This could mean 30, 50, or 100 pounds. If you’re playing along, use your number.

Safe to say, this didn’t happen overnight.

But if you were weighing yourself daily and tracking it, over time you would notice a steady increase.

So this process of hopping on the scale every day could’ve provided you with a necessary RED flag. Which may have (hopefully) caused you to take a closer look at your choices and habits. And to maybe even seek some help.

Let’s turn this around and see how this example can help you.

The point of weighing in every day is not to cause you to freak out if there’s an increase from one day to the next.

Some days there will be an increase, and that’s okay. What’s not okay is a consistent increase every week.

So here’s why you should be doing this…

It’s for the feedback!

What patterns are you noticing?

Keep in mind, these can be positive or negative.

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

~ Newton’s Third Law

And here’s the beauty of this feedback… how are these patterns (from your weigh-ins) influenced by the choices you made over the past few days or week?

Look back to find the real value of maintaining this daily routine.

Feedback

This keeps it memorable and manageable.

It’s top of mind. So let the scale motivate you! And use it to your advantage.

That’s why every day is judgment day.

“Your choices, decisions, and habits can be shaped in the moment when you know you’ll be held accountable in the morning.” ~ John Dolan

So the question becomes…

Will you maintain the momentum of healthy choices so you can live a longer, more fulfilling life? Or succumb to unhealthy ones and remain discouraged about how every diet you try ultimately fails?

It’s an example of delayed vs. instant gratification.

If your future is more important, then it will be easier to delay that gratification for the long-term value. Otherwise, disappointment and frustration may continue to rear their ugly head.

Only you can decide… so choose wisely.

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Your Longevity Plan

I like to consume a lot of information.

No, not Facebook posts and Twitter feeds. Books…

It’s something I learned from my dad.

And I have to admit, he was right.

“Reading is one of the best ways to learn” ~ Jack Dolan

That’s what he used to tell me and my brother growing up. But it didn’t sink in until I was in my 20’s. I guess you can say I was a slow learner… but not anymore.

Today, there are many ways to improve your reading habit. The obvious one is with a good old-fashioned hardcover or paperback book.

And reading is so easy thanks to technology.

Ordering with Amazon is a snap, which is my primary method.

But there are some titles or topics that I prefer reading on my iPhone with the Kindle app. And for driving, walking, or when I’m on the go, I like to maximize that time with the Audible app, and listen.

Each format gives you a distinct perspective. And there’s so much variety, so I just don’t understand how anyone can say “I don’t have time to read”; or even worse, “I’m bored”.

Really?

Stop making excuses and find a way. There’s so much to learn!

And if you feel that you’re a slow reader, and it’s become an obstacle, you can lose that excuse with an Audible subscription.

How cool is that?

So why am I writing about reading?

And what does this have to do with health & wellness?

Well, I’m just finishing up an Audible book titled The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China. And I love it!

It’s about a small village in China once known as Longevity Village. One of the few areas in the world claiming to have a large number of centenarians.

Reading

There’s a lot to learn from these people. And the interesting thing is, that you can find a way to incorporate just a few of their healthy habits and you’ll begin to gain massive results!

You can browse to 4 different formats of this book on Amazon by clicking here.

Here’s the Amazon description:

From a renowned Johns Hopkins- and Stanford-educated cardiologist at Intermountain Medical Center — comes the story of his time living in Longevity Village in China, and the seven lessons he learned there that lead to a happy, healthy, long life.

At forty-four, acclaimed cardiologist John Day was overweight and suffered from insomnia, degenerative joint disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. On six medications and suffering constant aches, he needed to make a change.

While lecturing in China, he’d heard about a remote mountainous region known as Longevity Village, a wellness Shangri-La free of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, dementia, depression, and insomnia, and where living past one hundred—in good health—is not uncommon.

In the hope of understanding this incredible phenomenon, Day, a Mandarin speaker, decided to spend some time living in Longevity Village. He learned everything he could about this place and its people, and met its centenarians.

His research revealed seven principles that work in tandem to create health, happiness, and longevity—rules he applied to his own life. Six months later, he’d lost thirty pounds, dropped one hundred points off his cholesterol and twenty-five points off his blood pressure, and was even cured of his acid reflux and insomnia.

In 2014, he began a series of four-month support groups comprised of patients who worked together to apply the lessons of Longevity Village to their lives. Ninety-two percent of the participants were able to adhere to their plans and stay on pace to reach their health goals.

Now Dr. Day shares his story and proven program to help you feel sharper, more motivated, productive, and pain-free. The Longevity Plan is not only a fascinating travelogue but also a practical, accessible, and groundbreaking guide to a better life.

I highly recommend reading or listening to The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China.

And since we’re on the topic of reading, I can’t help but also highly recommend 3 other books that can help you get in great shape and build better habits in many areas of your life.

This includes:

  1. Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle (Tom Venuto) Great book about getting lean, naturally.
  2. The Compound Effect (Darren Hardy) This book can transform your life.
  3. Essentialism (Greg McKeown) – Learn how to simplify your life by doing “less but better”.

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