A few conversations this week reminded me of the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and exercise. And in light of the recent concern over COVID-19, your health, and the health of those around you, should be a top priority. After all, you are only getting one shot at this life, and working your butt off won’t get you much if you cannot live a healthy and long existence. But has your health been a priority for you? Has the company you work for helped make your health a priority?
Back to the conversations I had this week. The first one was with a health care provider. He mentioned that he has a number of first responders as patients. Some have had 15+ year careers, and they routinely come in for back issues due to the size of people they are called on to help. They have seen that people that they help, in general, are larger. My dad has mentioned that as well (he was a volunteer EMT for over 25 years). I have noticed this myself, so did a quick fact check and this trend seems correct, per Wikipedia (ok, I’m not a statistician but I did do other fact checking and the below seems legit):
“The overweight + obese percentages for the overall US population are higher reaching 39.4% in 1997, 44.5% in 2004, 56.6% in 2007, 63.8% (adults) and 17% (children) in 2008,; in 2010 65.7% of American adults. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that 3/4 of the American population will likely be overweight or obese by 2020. “
Further, the obesity rate in 1962 was a mere 23%.
Perhaps correlated and not surprising, CDC data shows that weekly physical activity has trended slightly lower from 2011-2017 (not exercising as much)! Hmmm. So obesity continues to go up, exercise is going down.
The other conversations I referenced this week were about COVID-19 and the effect it is having on the global economy, the market, lost revenue, etc. It is a very real concern and it is incredibly sad when you think about the people affected. But should you be concerned for your well being?
So, what to do?
1) Make sure you are making time for exercise, which among other things is proven to help your immune system. If you are not exercising, start. If you are not sure what to do, ask someone you trust how to get started. I’m happy to help you start, give you ideas, and motivate you! Just getting started is a win.
2) Make sure you are eating healthy. Whole foods, mostly plants, nuts and seeds, and begin to reduce (ideally working to zero) processed foods and added sugars.
3) Sign-up for a challenging event to help get you motivated (Spartan has over 300 options globally)! Get your friends/colleagues to join you – even more motivating and enjoyable!
If you work for a corporation, inquire about your wellness program and what wellness programs are reimbursable. If you do not have a wellness plan, ask HR to begin one. Obviously my recommendation would be for you to contact me about setting up a corporate wellness plan for your organization. We are experts in this area having helped over 7 million people and over 5,000 corporations improve their health and resiliency.