We are halfway through January – how are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions? I’ve been having a lot of fun working with dozens of entrepreneurs on the Making 2013 Your Best Year Ever program, creating vision, learning about purpose and setting goals for 2013. I really love this time of year, a time for renewal and a time to create new and exciting changes in ours lives.
I have just finished reading Drop Dead Healthy, One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J. Jacobs (NY Bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-it-All). If one of your resolutions or goals was to get your health on track, I recommend this book. It’s not your traditional healthy lifestyle book, instead it truly is his personal journey (mixed in with a lot of research – and I mean a lot!!) on how to keep your body (parts) healthy. I actually agree with many of the things he discovered over 2 years and already do many of them myself. Something that is very interesting to me is that he created a Treadmill Desk – where you can actually walk on a treadmill, while typing on your computer. He created one himself, with a treadmill bought on kijiji (it doesn’t need to go any faster than 2 mph). You can buy one, pre-made, for about $1200. I think this makes a lot of sense actually. One of the things that is hardest for our society to overcome is the amount of sitting that we do. Most of our jobs or businesses require us to be sedentary for 6-10 hours a day. Our bodies were not designed for this and therefore we suffer many consequences. Even when we work out 2 hours a day, it’s very hard to overcome the damage done by sitting. This probably explains why I didn’t lose any weight while training for my first Ironman, while I was working a desk job at Hershey’s. Or maybe it was the free chocolate? Either one is possible, right?
I found this book an amusing read, and like the appendices that summarize some of the tips he learned during his quest. These are simple, healthy solutions that you can implement quite easily into your daily life. A few of my favorites – eat off a smaller plate, chew chew chew, reduce your toxic burden by switching to paraben free personal care products and natural toothpaste, treadmill desk (not simple to do, but I still love it!), eliminate or reduce noise pollution. I also enjoyed the fact that it was a 2 year quest – not a book about losing 10 lb in 10 days or any other miracle type of cures. He truly researched and made lifestyle changes every month, til he found the ones that made the most sense to him and kept him at his optimal health.
Truth is, there is no magic solution for everyone. There is no cure-all pill or plan. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. But if you learn some of the fundamentals of health for all human beings, then you will have a better place to start your own health quest. This book does a great job of that as well. What is your favorite, simple health habit?