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When I was in my early 30s, most people thought I was tough as nails.
I was a purple belt in Brazilian jiujitsu and had won my share of competitions – including a Florida State Championship (3 matches by submission and 1 by points).
I trained with pro-MMA fighters and helped a few get ready for their matches.
I deadlifted 350 lbs for reps and had cardio for days.
However, I wasn’t nearly as tough as people thought.
Here’s the truth…
Lifting weights and doing martial arts were both scary for me when I first started doing them
But after a few years, it became business as usual.
And I was hiding from reality.
Yes, I’d be ok getting in a cage and going rounds with an MMA fighter. But I was also terrified of public speaking and learning business.
I’d get so nervous speaking in a small group of people that my heart started pounding uncontrollably.
Eventually, I was able to overcome my fear and go on to launch a podcast and speak at events.
And that brings us to today’s lessons:
Lesson 1: What’s hard at first eventually becomes normal.
Lesson 2: We must continue to challenge ourselves if we want to grow.
I know you have a similar story.
You started out doing something – starting a business, becoming a lawyer, going to medical school, and so on – but now it’s just what you do.
And while it’s nice to celebrate our accomplishments, we must strive for growth or we’ll get stuck in a rut.
What is the thing you need to take action on?
That’s the key to your next level of personal growth!
Here is your Unstoppable After 40 Friday Digest:
1. Yes, diabetes can be reversed; follow this simple strategy.
Half of Americans have prediabetes or diabetes.
I used to think carbs and sugar caused diabetes.
But it’s more complicated than that. Diabetes is genetically determined and triggered by gaining excess fat. This is called the “Personal Fat Threshold.”
While doing a low-carb diet might lower your blood sugar levels, you’ll still be diabetic (or prediabetic) until you lose the fat.
As far as the “threshold” concept is concerned, the idea is that different people will develop diabetes (or prediabetes) at different levels of body fat. In fact, more people are developing diabetes at normal body weights.
What should you do?
Many people with prediabetes or diabetes don’t even know they have it.
So insist that your doctor tests your fasting glucose and haemoglobin A1c and prioritize fat loss if your levels are higher than they should be!
2. My go-to hack to boost creativity in as little as 12 minutes.
I’ve been talking about the profound health benefits of exercise (that go beyond weight loss) for years on my podcast.
We know that exercise:
- Improves sleep
- Enhances memory
- Boosts brain power
- Builds resilience to stress
- Reduces risk of depression
Now in this strict randomized controlled trial, aerobic exercise also improves creativity.
In fact, when I’m stumped on a problem, my first solution is to exercise. I find I come up with my best solutions and content ideas after a good workout.
I hope this inspires you to realize that exercise is not just about weight loss – it’s about being more effective at solving problems at work and home.
3. The back-friendly approach to strong legs.
Men over 40 don’t have to back squat for strong legs.
If back pain prevents you from taking on heavy-loaded squats with a barbell, check out this alternative.
Dumbbell Goblet Squat.
This is a great exercise for the muscles of your legs and spine.
Why it’s a great variation to try if you feel your lower back during a barbell squat?
Because the dumbbell in front of you forces your torso to stay upright. This works your postural muscles and puts less stress on your lower back.
How many sets and reps?
Try 2-3 sets of 10-20 reps for each side.
Give it a try!
Legendary Life Coaching Client Highlight: Kyle C.
Meet Kyle, a 39-year-old busy professional who was hopping from workout to workout for years…only to aggravate his injuries.
He is like most of my clients, busy growing his career and taking care of his family and let’s not forget – nursing a meniscus injury post-surgery.
Kyle was on a mission to trim down without being obsessed about his abs. He aimed to be an energetic role model for his kids and find the mental clarity that only exercise could offer him.
In 3 months, Kyle:
- Dropped 24 pounds
- Said goodbye to his beer belly
- Gained a fitter and stronger body with just 20 minutes a day
- Reduced his knee pain by 80%
Savoring family meals and vacations without feeling guilty the next day.
If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to be confident in your body and increase energy in a way that fits your busy life, click here for a strategy call.
Quote of the week:
There is nothing immutable saying age prevents you from doing something new. It is only you. And most of the other adults. But the other adults tell you it can’t be done simply because that is also what they tell themselves.– Mark Manson
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