Taking charge of your health can seem like a daunting task- especially when you know that health is a lifelong pursuit, and you may not know where to begin. The best way is to start small- incorporating doable changes little by little to your every day life. And, since there's no time like the present, what better day to start small than today?
When you eat makes big difference
Laird Hamilton’s breadth of experience in the world of health, fitness, and extreme training is undeniable. He’s been exposed to the best in the business with access to today’s best trainers, athletes, nutritionists and extreme adventurists. Ever wonder how Laird has pared down all the information he’s had access to? Rather: what health philosophies has Laird adopted for his everyday life?
From the time we are born until we turn 30, our muscles generally grow larger and stronger. But unfortunately, some time in our early 30’s most people begin to lose muscle mass. People who are inactive lose up to 5% of their muscle mass every 10 years, so by 80 that could mean up to a 50% reduction in muscle, strength, and as a consequence frailty and immobility.
Chances are that right after a workout you’ll have a healthy appetite. But resist the urge to rush to the fridge and eat the first thing that catches your eye without first giving some careful consideration to what you body really needs. Otherwise that snack or meal could inadvertently undermine some of the positive benefits of your workout session.
Round and round we go: Here comes another shorts and bathing-suit season. For many of us, it’s really not about the list, since we already know what to do. It’s about getting inspired and re-energized to tackle those two lifestyle habits we know so well: eating and exercise. Think of it as being reborn anew just in time for some fun in the sun, and consider this your starting point.
I have always thought of myself as a guy pretty much ready for any type of physical activity. After doing the Hawaii Ironman, climbing the Matterhorn during a snow storm,  and doing a few 24 hour adventure races, my perspective has been that I am ready for just about anything.
Writing about health and fitness, I admit I can get a little overly philosophical. This was put in perspective for me the other day when I was in the gym and saw a woman I see there only every three or four months. I looked over at her running on the treadmill and saw someone who’d made a small transformation to her body.


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