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Ladder Against The Right Wall?

Is Your Ladder Against The Wrong Wall?

It’s difficult to form an accurate picture of what is going on in the world.

The media would have us believe that Covid 19 is the rise of The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse.

Without getting too political I’ve been doing some investigation this morning.

I’ve been scouring the statistics in relation to causes of death and obesity rates in the forty plus category.

Who knows it could be true, unless you saw it on the BBC 😉

45 – 54 year olds are categorised below according to BMI here in the UK.

  • 27% normal bodyweight
  • 36% Overweight
  • 36% Obese

This doesn’t bode well if your BMI is in the overweight or obese category.

Whether you think BMI is outdated or unhelpful it does provide a powerful indication of whether your health is at risk.

But this might be a little more unexpected.

“The leading cause of death for males aged 35 to 49 years changed from IHD between 2001 and 2010, to suicide and injury or poisoning of undetermined intent from 2011 to 2015, to accidental poisoning in more recent years.”

– The Office of National Statistics

IHD is Ischemic heart disease – narrowing of arteries and problems associated with this condition.

Accidental poisoning (drug use) and suicide.

Pretty shocking?

This presents some interesting opportunities though.

As a health and fitness professional we are seen banging our drums about getting in the gym and eating chicken and broccoli for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But it appears that where most people need help is with their lifestyle.

Nope, I’m not going to call myself a lifestyle coach and drop a sales pitch link at the bottom.

Whilst I’m no counsellor I already focus on what my clients do outside the gym.

If you spend one hour with a trainer per week that is 0.6% of your week. Good luck trying to make an impact with this level of action.

Instigating change in someone’s lifestyle is no easy proposition.

Forming new healthy sustainable habits takes time and has very little to do with how many sets and reps you did at the gym.

So take a moment to think about this.

The battlefield for health and fitness isn’t being fought and won in gyms.

This war is being waged in the no mans land of the lifestyles that do not support your goals.

About the Author Stephen Devine

Steve not just a skilled Crossfit Coach, but a top-tier CrossFit Competitor who's ranked in the top 1% worldwide in the 2023 Crossfit Open! And this is despite spending six weeks on crutches following surgery to fix a broken ankle just a year ago. He's Qualified as a Crossfit L1 Coach, Crossfit Gymnastics, and is also a qualified Olympic Weightlifting Coach.

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