Life Advice Question #2 – Tips on How to Live A Proactive, Healthy Lifestyle
As the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic intensifies worldwide, more and more people like me are seeking life advice on how to live a proactive, healthy lifestyle. I came across your site while browser searching Google. I like that you embrace science and knowledge and focus on a scientific and spiritual or soul-based approach. I have always seen my health as my greatest asset and therefore have always taken my health very seriously.
Obesity and fat have always been an issue with my body, both in childhood and as an adult I struggled with the weight gain and weight loss management roller coaster ride. I really looked at the three endomorph, ectomorph, and mesomorph body types but could never get on board with those ideas. The hormone body types also did not fit me.
After reviewing your four body type information, the body type two makes sense and fits me as on certain vertebrae I am obviously missing muscle mass, my posture is not great, and my metabolism does not seem as strong as it could be. I put on weight easily in my stomach and thighs and cannot recall ever having muscle in those parts of my body, but I do know the skinny fat or normal weight obesity phenomenon in those areas that you talk about a lot. I do experience the gut feeling but its accuracy is not great. And I have done more than my fair share of situps, crunches, yoga, leg routines, and many other exercises that seem to work well for others but not me.
Life Advice Tips – How to Live A Healthy Lifestyle
My diet is clean and mostly vegetarian. I read one of your articles about the Blue Zone Mediterranean Diet, and although I do not explicitly follow that diet, my diet is actually very similar. Lots of organic veggies, fruits, beans, lentils, and whole grains. I do some red meat but more chicken and fish. I think carefully about every meal and the nutrition it offers including quality protein, good fats and carbs, a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and how clean things are overall.
I did see you have a book, but have not read it yet. As I am now in my 50’s and my aging is considered at higher risk for diseases like the novel coronavirus, and with healthcare costs skyrocketing, I was wondering what proactive life advice tips you might be able to offer me on how to live a healthy lifestyle in terms of my body type two?
Jane from Massachusetts
Life Advice Answer #2 – Tips How to Live A Healthy, Proactive Lifestyle
Hello Jane from Massachusetts:
How to live a healthy lifestyle proactively starts with the human body’s immune system. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is definitely a serious concern, especially for people with weakened immune systems, which is more likely in the very young and the elderly. Keeping the immune system healthy and strong is a main factor. Living a healthy life starts with keeping the gut bacteria happy.
Living a proactive, healthy lifestyle depends on how balanced and healthy your gut bacteria biome is, which begins with your diet and is strengthened by ingesting good bacteria. Good bacteria are found in fermented foods like kombucha, kefir, natto, tempeh, miso, fermented vegetables (kimchi, sauerkraut, etc.), yogurt, and the like. Maintaining a healthy weight and proper balance of muscle mass and fat is vital, and body type plays a key role in one’s ability to manage their posture as well as weight loss and gain to control things like obesity.
A balanced nutritional diet overall, which involves mostly clean, sustainable fruits and vegetables that are well-mixed with healthy meats like chicken and fish, even some red meat on occasion, is key. Remove alcohol, nicotine/tobacco, added/refined sugar, refined & processed foods, fast food, low/no nutrient/non-nutritional foods, toxic ingredients/foods, and the like in regards to your daily diet. Despite common guidelines, alcohol and sugar in moderation really means a few times a month at most. But as little as possible is best.
Of course, along with a clean diet, a solid, consistent exercise routine that is a symbiotic blend of cardio and resistance training (weightlifting and isometrics) is a main part of the equation of how to successfully live a healthy lifestyle proactively to keep the human body balanced and healthy. Avoid late nights out and inadequate amounts of sleep (7.5 to 9 or so hours is recommended), especially in the long-term. Finally, as already mentioned, body type matters.
Let me know if you have any further questions.