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Health & Wellness in 2013
This was supposed to be the year I told myself I’d get back into shape. It was’nt just me, Americans all over made the same pledge. We were going to hit the gym at least four times a week, drink a gallon of water a day and of course, eat right. And here we sit on the eve of yet another New Years Eve, having fallen short of our fitness goals.
I am one of the millions of Americans kicking themselves. What happened? Why didn’t it work this time? What did I do wrong? In short: nothing and everything.
2012 was the year I turned 40 and I set a pretty high yet attainable goal: Lose 40lbs by my 40th birthday in September and start my fourth decade of life at my ideal weight. (No, I’m not revealing that number!!) As I started a new job in a new city in January 2012, I mapped out my plan. Moved into an apartment with a gym on site. Hired a trainer. Bought new workout gear. Found the closest “Whole Foods” market so I could get my organic fruits and lean meats. I was on a roll.
And then the bottom fell out. My work once again got in the way. Schedules changed with little or no notice. Deadlines came quicker than expected. And then there were several out-of-town trips that threw a wrench in my fitness routine which at this point and time (March and April) was already dying on the vine. September came and went with little change in my diet and my waistline essentially stayed the same.
Reality set in for me, by way of a friend I haven’t heard from in quite some time. He was hospitalized with a blood clotting disorder that nearly killed him. Thankfully, he survived but now he must take anti-coagulants for the rest of his life. And did I mention that he’s in great shape?
It then hit me, my approach was wrong. I realized that I, like many, exercise strictly for vanity. The endless pursuit of ripped abs, small waists and toned, cut bodies is ALWAYS top of mind when we hit that gym. Rarely is a thought given to blood pressure or cholesterol; the belief is that our clean diets and ensuing weight loss will take care of those issues. Checkups, at least for most men, are blown off and not taken seriously. That is often the case which is why many nutritionists, dietitians and trainers recommend everyone undergo a physical to determine what if any health issues you have before starting a workout regimen.
This new year I’d like to encourage everyone reading this article to have a full physical and checkup. Learn your family health history and any illness you may have or to which you may be predisposed to. Get those in check with diet or the necessary medication.
My goal/resolution for 2013 is to pursue wellness instead of fitness.
Dave Jordan is a Emmy nominated journalist in Kansas City, MO. When not chasing down stories, Dave enjoys spending time with friends and taking in local attractions. He also enjoys visiting his hometown of NYC and visiting relatives in the Caribbean.