In the places around the world where people live the longest, they don’t actually pursue health.
They live longer because health ensues from the right environment.
If I could choose one article that encapsulates my whole life theory
on sane weight management, it’s this brilliant piece on Quartzy.
The article is about how to get good health outcomes across a population using pedestrian and bicycle-centric urban planning. Not boring! I admit to being a bit of an urban planning nerd, but the underlying idea is fundamental to my approach and long-term success.
Foremost, I learned the life you build has the biggest influence over sustained success. That life allows you the freedom to make good choices automatically. Put another way: your weight is a natural by-product of how you construct your life.*
But, but, what about willpower, motivation, banishing laziness, and ‘perfect’ workouts?
“It is absolute delusion to think that we can convince 330 million Americans—three quarters of whom have already admitted they are not doing enough physical activity—to start exercising more,” says Buettner. “We have been trying this for 70 years and we still have 70% of Americans who are obese or overweight. It is not working.”
The people I know who maintain their healthy weights and high activity levels have it baked in to their every day lives. Like me, they live near trails, and in walkable neighborhoods. They have the opportunity each and every day to move, and often quite a lot.
helps you create some of that on your own, but what a world it could be if we invested in infrastructure that allowed for true mobility.