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I have carried out another of my detailed, nay exhaustive, studies into the human condition and have come to another shattering conclusion.

We are an overweight nation. I’ve reached this conclusion after a sustained 2-hour session of people-watching in a provincial airport departure lounge.

I need to qualify this on two fronts. Firstly, I mean the male side of the nation. They were the study. Secondly, it’s not that we’re an overweight nation, it’s that we’re an overweight and under-toned nation. I saw enough men with slight or pronounced paunches that if you gave me a buck for every one of them I could have paid for my return flight.

The men with slight paunches were not overweight as such, it’s simply that the weight was not distributed correctly. We’re talking younger and middle aged men, younger than me, not older men for whom the slowing metabolism and decreasing activity exerts an inexorable toll on their midriffs.

What’s the cause? Modern lifestyle, unquestionably. Modern diets, modern mobility, modern commitments. And the Internet, which now accounts for the working day and a lot of our free time. We’re simply so much more sedentary than we used to me. We can send an email to Susan rather then walking a report over to her desk. Lifestyles have changed quickly and evolution will never be able to catch up.

It takes a lot of effort and time to put aside to stay in shape. If we’re not athletes by profession, we have limited time to devote to it and exercise is usually the first to go when it should really be the last. Look at any former athlete. How many look like they used to? How many are still in shape?

So it’s not just that we’re an overweight nation. We’re an overweight race.

 

Do you spend as much time working on your health as you do earning, or working on your wealth? No, I didn’t think so, me neither. It’s a luxury of time that not many of us can afford.

It’s still hugely important that you prioritise your health, though. You can have your health without wealth, but if you don’t have your health, then it doesn’t matter how much money you have. You can’t take it with you when you shuffle up your mortal coil.

It’s easy to get sucked into work and family, and then diet, health and exercise take a back seat. Even though we know that a healthy lifestyle makes us work better and live longer, still sometimes weeks or months go by without us doing anything about the yin to our yang of work.

Unless I have a specific game of sport organised, I find it harder to muster the¬†time and energy for exercise the longer the day goes on, which is why I try and get at least some exercise done first thing in the morning. It sets me up for the day and the clever people tell me it increases my metabolism for the day too, meaning I absorb my food better. That’s a win-win for me.

So don’t forget to prioritise your health. You family and work will thank you for it. And you’ll thank yourself that you’ve increased your¬†chances of enjoying your wealth for longer.