Three Strategies for Getting Healthy and Increasing Your Longevity
Here at Great Practice, Great Life, we believe that building a successful law firm is not just about being a great lawyer and entrepreneur. It’s about building a great life. One way to do that is by taking care of our bodies and prioritizing physical health.
Jeff Life is a medical doctor who helps his patients do just that every day. When he was in his fifties, he completely turned his life around. He transformed his physical well-being and ultimately won a national competition for fitness and health.
Today, at age 83, Jeff is still as healthy as ever and is still actively practicing medicine full-time.
Following are his top three strategies for living a healthy life and pursuing the goal of living past 100.
1. Reduce visceral fat.
The first strategy Dr. Life teaches is eliminating the belly fat inside your abdominal cavity. That’s called visceral fat and it is the dangerous kind of fat. It’s the kind that makes you look pregnant.
Visceral fat takes on a life of its own and releases harmful chemicals and hormones that cause a variety of health issues. These issues include inflammation, arterial disease, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.
Losing body fat in general will reduce your visceral fat. Additionally, think about everything you’re putting into your body. Ask, “is this going to help me or is it going to hurt me?”
2. Prevent arterial disease with cardio.
Dr. Life suggests adults spend 150 minutes a week getting their heart rates up. You can do that by walking, going on an exercise bike, riding an outside bike, playing racquetball or tennis, and more. Do any of these things for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week.
3. Strength training.
Cardio isn’t the only form of exercise you need, however. Strength training is extremely important to prevent yourself from losing muscle mass as you age.
If you want to stay out of a nursing home, enjoy your life, and play with your grandkids and your great-grandkids, then you need to stay strong and fit. Strength training is a great way to get there.
If you want to learn more of Dr. Life’s strategies for healthy living, check out Episode 004: How to Live Past 100 with Jeff Life.