Healthy Like Dr. Peter Attia

This week’s Healthy Like post features Dr. Peter Attia of Eating Academy.

These health, fitness and well-being style weeks differ slightly from the normal lessons learned from Wealthy and Wise Like editions. In these posts, I’ve mostly addressed topics that our featured star has talked about and has encouraged. This is due to the fact that I’m not an MD nor is every health related suggestion applicable to the masses.

Let’s get started…

Don’t Forget Leg Day:

I am guilty of skipping leg days all the time. But it’s not just leg day, its all of the muscles around the hip as well such as the “glute medius”. Dr. Attia advises that for mobility-sake that we should not forget to workout these muscles in a variety of non-routine exercises.

Don’t Forget Blood Test Day:

Although it sounds dreadful, it can save your life to stay up-to-date on your doctor’s recommended blood annual blood tests. Also, it doesn’t hurt to even check up on a few less commonly recommended blood tests in cases where they are publicly available and can possibly save your life. Identification of an issue isn’t as easy without all the testing.

Everything Is Relative:

Your overall fitness level is relative. This helps you realize both sides of the spectrum. First, that compared to a 400-pound individual you are in pretty good shape while also reminding you that your friend just ran an ultra-marathon and has six-pack abs while you don’t.

The last few topics are just reminders. Don’t forget to include weight training in your weekly workout schedule as that along with cardiovascular exercise is good for staying in good shape. And lastly, don’t forget that success in your department of health is only one area of your life. You should have control and be making efforts to improve all areas of your life, not only your health.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s edition and I’ll see next week!

David 🙂

 

 

 

 

Wise like BJ Miller

My second journey into the Tools of Titans buffet was to learn how to be as wise as BJ Miller.

First of all, if you don’t know who this man is, like I did at first, I suggest you check him out on YouTube by searching for his Ted Talk – What Really Matters at the of Life.

It’s inspirational and it is deeply impactful.

This week’s top takeaways from Miller are a couple of reactionary ideas to put into practice. What I mean by that, is that these principles should be the first reaction you have once each scenario takes place.

Star Gazing Method:

Whenever you are at a point in life where you are overwhelmed with stress or are begging to feel a wave of anxiety take you over stop what you are doing and look up to the sky. If you are inside, take a look out the window and begin to think about where you are. Next, imagine you are up in the sky, in the stars looking down at yourself from all the way up there. Think about how small of a dot you take up in the entire planet. Now backup even more, look outside of Earth and imagine yourself on the outside of the solar system looking down at our planet.

What I’m getting at, and what BJ Miller wants to remind us in these times of stress, is that put what you are dealing with and give yourself some perspective. It’s easy to think everyone revolves around you but much more difficult to realize how little it really does.

Question your I can’ts:

BJ’s second lesson I learned was how much we believe in what we think and say. If we took some time to question our beliefs and assumptions we would realize that we aren’t right all the time.

For example, a lot of our “I can’ts” stem from the fact that we don’t want to do something or that we simply won’t do something because we believe we are better than that or on the flip side not good enough.

In reality, many of these goals, challenges and actions CAN be completed. We just never put any effort or thought into it in the first place.

In the end, I believe what BJ Miller wants us to learn the most is that we should enjoy life without limitations. Enjoy the simple and small pleasures of life and let life take you places.