Hi, my name is Lou and I want to talk to you about something that is really important to me and hopefully, to you as well.
What is up with men’s health? Why is it that in a country with the best health care in the world, we have so many unhealthy men? And the problem gets worse as we age.
Men who are 50+ are the worst offenders. Just when they have the time to enjoy their lives, travel with their spouses or partners, enjoy their grandkids, and take time for hobbies, everything goes down the drain. They become sedentary and they start neglecting their health. As a result, men die younger than women and experience more chronic diseases.
I work in the health care field and with so many men out of shape and in poor health, especially after 50, I wanted to know what made the healthy ones tick.
How did they stay focused with all of the complexities of their lives and still find time to take care of themselves?
Well, that was the question I really wanted to have an answer to. So, I designed a survey asking 1000 healthy living men across the nation about what motivated them to carry on.
The answers across the board were the very same things that we all find important — their wives, partners, spouses, kids, grandkids, friends, hobbies, and careers. As it turns out, our social connections are what motivate us to care about our health and take the necessary steps to get and stay healthy.
This discovery inspired me to write a book about men’s health and social motivation. In my book, Crack the Code, I give you 10 strategies to help you both understand and use your own social connections to achieve your goals, both in health and in life.
1Create Your Vision
Once you acknowledge your current state, you can consider where you want to be. Goal setting is the first step in translating your social vision into concrete, measurable actions that will form sustainable inspiration.
2Build Your Strategy
Your implementation strategy, what I characterize in the question: “How are you going to get there?” is where the rubber meets the road. It’s your daily, weekly, monthly, and annual action plan which fuels your inspiration and implements your plan.
3Create Your Personal Lifestyle Network
Partnerships and social engagement are a common theme among men who live healthily. This strategy guides you in the development of your own social network.
4Design A Sustainability Plan
Contingency planning is common in business and life. It should also be part of your personal health behavior. Consider this for your lifestyle design.
5Leverage Micro Motivators
While your lifestyle design appropriately starts with the consideration of your biggest, or macro, values, and priorities, your micro motivators are what serve as the support structure in the practical details of your daily routines. I’ll offer several perspectives on identifying micro-sources of inspiration.
Just like your financial portfolio, a diversity of social and behavioral tactics adds strength and security to your lifestyle architecture.
There is a link between optimism and good health. I’ll explain the value of optimism and show you how you can learn to be optimistic.
Life is not a stagnant proposition. Circumstances, values, and behaviors can and sometimes need to change, particularly as you age. Adjusting to new ideas and circumstances is a key factor in your design.
9Be A Hero
Knowing that we can influence the behavior of others through our actions, whether they are our 50+ brothers or the next generation of men, can be a powerful motivator. So, get out there, make your plan, and live your healthy life!
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10Author: Louis Bezich
Louis Bezich is a healthcare executive, husband, father, grandfather, part-time professor, and author with a passion for health and fitness. His devotion is a result of a lifetime of experiences that included divorce, single parenthood, and professional challenges where diet and exercise became the antidote that carried him through the tough times and ultimately enabled him to flourish personally and professionally.