Your Fitness Efforts Should Make You Measurably Healthier
What follows is a summary of an interview I conducted with Allied Member and CEO and Founder of The Power House, Max Lipset. The Power House is a family-owned and family-run gym that provides fun and science-based fitness programs to help individuals and families become their healthiest and best selves.
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This is part 2 of 3 in the series of interviews about the important role health plays in helping you be a more effective leader.
Fitness wasn't always about health in recent history. Ten/Twenty years ago, fitness was generally about either training for a particular sport or some events or was about some aesthetic goal.
Fitness is something that should drive a lot of measurable improvements in your health. It should lead to longevity and an increase in your health span - your quality of life to the end. We want to make sure that we're living a high quality of life right to the end. I am sure everybody knows someone who has a tough go of it at their end-stage.
Research now shows that skeletal muscle and cardiovascular fitness drive the quality of life and increase health longevity.
We can increase those things in a way that's functional while we're young enough to push the needle forward that can lead to adding on quality years at the end of life.
I think that's something that we can all get behind.
On a shorter-term timeline, we want to make sure that what we're doing in the gym or for fitness is making us measurably healthier.
When you see your physician for an annual physical, your health numbers should be moving in a positive direction. When you incorporate a health and fitness plan intelligently, there is a lot that we can measurably improve our health.
Heart health is something that can improve through intelligent fitness and nutrition. Diabetes and metabolic health, weight loss, all these things are something we can control with how we work out, how we eat, and how we sleep.
It's been eye-opening for me the last four or five years - as we've started to work in more clinical settings - that there are no pharmaceutical cures for metabolic diseases. Metabolic diseases, today, drive 70% of the costs in our health care system.
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, a lot of these diseases are curable through lifestyle change, but we resort to medications for treatment, we are only putting a band-aid on the problem.
It's eye-opening that medication can't cure it. The more people start to understand that fact, the more they're going to take their health into their own hands.