Health

by Anne Laing and Tim Bean

Common questions

  1. Surely my priority should be to deal with my workload; I’m reasonably healthy, after all?
  2. Surely it’s just normal to put on a few extra pounds with age?
  3. OK, so I’m a bit overweight, but why can’t I be happy as I am?
  4. I just don’t have time to bother with breakfast, won’t it help me lose weight?
  5. Should I stick to three meals a day?
  6. I usually go to the gym twice a week; isn’t that enough exercise?
  7. As a woman, why should I worry about my testosterone levels or try to build up my muscles?

1. Surely my priority should be to deal with my workload; I’m reasonably healthy, after all?

There is a sophisticated machine that you’ll work with for life, and it’s your body! What will you allocate from your budget for training and nurturing this unique resource, knowing that any effort will always be an investment in yourself, your performance and your longevity?

This is not impossible to do within the corporate lifestyle model. There are thousands of top CEOs and business people who are doing it already.

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2. Surely it’s normal to put on a few extra pounds with age?

The fully fit person has a desirable body fat ratio, good cardio-respiratory function, sufficient flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, a high level of mental alertness, the ability to cope with problems, meaningful social relationships and a healthy libido – and they keep all these as they age...

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3. OK, so I’m a bit overweight, but why can’t I be happy as I am?

There is no such thing as comfort eating. Ask yourself, is it comfortable having chafed thighs; is it comfortable having cellulite; is it comfortable hating the way you look? ‘Comfort eating’ is a manipulative phrase conjured up by those who manufacture and peddle dreadful and unhealthy food in order to make you feel OK about eating it. Ditch it – no-one’s buying that anymore.

Create a picture in your mind of how you want to look, the clothes you will be able to wear and how you will feel. It is extremely important to programme this into your sub-consciousness. Find an ideal healthy physique role model.

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4. I just don’t have time to bother with breakfast; won’t it help me lose weight?

Eat a decent breakfast every day. There is nothing more important than ensuring you have enough fuel on board to launch into the day. You wouldn’t start a long journey in your car with an empty petrol tank. If you are short of time in the morning – get up 15 minutes earlier. It’s not a loss of your time – it’s a release of energy!

Never leave home on an empty stomach. You’ll only be tempted to buy unhealthy food from bakeries, fast-food restaurants, cafes, snack bars and vending machines.

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5. Should I stick to three meals a day?

Take your own meals and healthy snacks to work instead of relying on vending machines, cafeteria food or takeaways. Set up and follow a regime of eating small, properly balanced meals every two to three hours, not intermittent shots of refined sugar and processed carbohydrates that spike, and then crash, your energy! If your work situation doesn’t permit a number of small meals throughout the day, at least allow time for lunch – refuelling is vital!

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6. I usually go to the gym twice a week; isn’t that enough exercise?

Our bodies were designed to function on 14 hours of exercise a day. In order to compensate for the lack of physical activity our lifestyles now present us with, you should consider doing at least one hour of vigorous exercise every day of your life.

Keep an exercise diary – workouts go more quickly and smoothly when you keep records. You will know exactly what you have been doing and what you must accomplish to improve further. Constantly challenge your body in your exercise sessions by striving for improvements. Every day, note at least one thing that improved or increased in your workout. If you do the same, you will stay the same.

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7. As a woman, why should I worry about my testosterone levels or try to build up my muscles?

Testosterone is an Alpha Female hormone too. Some 86 per cent of women over the age of 45 show a significant decline in libido and sexual activity, mostly due to a lack of physical exercise, loss of muscle tone and a gain in body fat.

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