In the wake of back-to-back reports showing that American men’s health compares poorly to that of other wealthy countries, and that American women now live nearly 6 years longer than men, it is clear that it is time to reframe the condition for health. behavior, and do it in a powerful way.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned on my journey as a men’s health advocate, it’s that the wording of the message has weight equal to the message itself. If I can’t get your attention quickly and describe healthy behavior in a way that gives you strong meaning — and that conveys a personal return on investment — then I’ve missed my chance.
Old misconceptions that positive living is all about toil, pain, and negative images dominate our culture – despite the glorification of fitness and health. As I’ve reminded you over the years, barely 3% of Americans (men and women) lead healthy lifestyles, and more than 70% are obese or overweight.
That’s why I’ve been screaming since these recent studies were published and wondering, will men’s fate ever change?
A powerful argument for a healthy life
I think there is indeed a very strong argument to be made for a healthy lifestyle – if it is presented in the right way. A case built on the enormous benefits derived from a little attention to your daily habits. Personal and meaningful results at the core of your soul. Profits worth your investment.
In presenting this case, I rely on the evidence of the scientists and medical experts I have shared in my columns over the past two years. By incorporating these individual vignettes into a comprehensive list of benefits, my goal is to “super-volume” (pun intended) the cause of healthy practices, and increase the potential to create the value proposition you need to move the business and maintain your commitment.
At the heart of the issue, the value proposition I keep pointing out, are the activities that are enabled by better health: spending quality time with children and grandchildren, getting jobs back, traveling and anything else you aspire to do that requires physical ability – basically, everything in life. .
These are what I call social motivators. The factors that create your “why”, your purpose, your meanings. By clearly focusing on your social aspirations, you have the platform to maintain your habits and guide you through the ups and downs everyone faces.
Before I jump into my list of reasons to live healthy, let’s review some top-tier points from the experts to reinforce the fact that my list is science-based.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says so regularly Physical activity It is one of the best things you can do for your health. The benefits of exercise include brain health, reduced risk of disease, weight management, stronger bones and muscles, and increased ability to perform daily functions.
Researchers from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health is over Healthy habits can make a big difference in your life. They studied the effect of healthy habits on life expectancy and found that both men and women who met the 5-point criteria for good habits lived impressively longer lives than those who did not: 14 years for women and 12 years for men. The report notes that people who did not meet any of the five criteria were more likely to die prematurely from cancer or cardiovascular disease.
The Mayo Clinic It provides a great practical example, suggesting that a daily brisk walk can help prevent or control heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Finally, the Cleveland Clinic It reminds us that the benefits of exercise extend to your body and mind.
Top 25 List
So, with registered experts documenting the science behind these results, here are my top 25 benefits of a healthy lifestyle. When viewed in this direct and unified way, I think it makes a compelling case. Now, this is quite old school, but feel free to print this list out and post it in a prominent place so that when you’re ready to shut off the alarm and roll it in, you might get a peek at it and muster the drive to get up and start moving. Here you are.
1. Longer life
2. Better sleep
3. More energy
4. Reduce pain
5. Natural testosterone
6. Natural immunity
7. Reducing the risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes
8. Improve Cardiovascular Health / Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
9. Save money
10. Better mood, more happiness, less depression
11. Reduce anxiety
12. Improve mental performance
13. Less headache
14. Fewer digestive problems
15. Lowers blood pressure
16. Lower levels of inflammation
17. Reduce the risk of vision loss
18. Weight loss
19. Improving sexual life
20. Better Skin
21. Reduce respiratory infections
22. Better Oral Health
23. Strengthening muscles and bones
24. Delaying the onset of disability
25. Prevention of falls and hip fractures
Probably? This is only the tip of the iceberg. Remember, if you can convince your spouse or significant other to join you, you will not only increase your chances of maintaining your habits, but you will lay the foundation for a closer and improved relationship – which in turn serves as the best source of motivation for maintaining healthy habits. Do you see how this boosted circular dynamo works?
Once you get into that rhythm, there is no telling what you can achieve and how good you will feel. Most importantly, you will have a better chance of keeping up with the active social calendar (children, grandchildren, spouse, etc.) which is ultimately what life is all about. Good return for about two and a half hours a week and a little discipline.
In my next column, I’ll detail the full range of healthy behaviors. Yes, diet and exercise are at heart, but you’ll be glad to know that there’s so much you can do to contribute to your health and well-being. Until then, I hope this list makes the case and convinces you to start a new journey. The benefits are many. Give her a chance.
Louis Besic, senior vice president and chief administrative officer in Health Care at Cooper University, is the author of “Crack The Code: 10 Proven Secrets That Inspire Healthy Behavior And Inspire Men Over 50. Read more from Lewis in his book website.
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