“What’s measured improves.” – Peter Drucker
As a businessman, you know that in order to realise success, you need to monitor and measure the critical elements of your business. The metrics may vary from company to company and industry to industry… but measure you must to survive and continually improve in today’s business climate.
Your body is no different. There are certain aspects about your body that can easily monitor and measure to help get you into optimal anti-aging range.
You need a good doctor. One who listens, is open-minded, and doesn’t pull out the prescription pad too quickly. See him once a year for a good 30 minute plus physical exam.
At minimum, have your doctor run a Complete Blood Count (CBC) to confirm your core blood components fall within the normal range, including red and white cell and platelets counts.
The ideal blood pressure reading is 120/80. If your systolic reading (the first number) is 140 or greater, you have Stage One hypertension and need to get this down. This can be done naturally… don’t run to meds to achieve this!
Have your blood sugar levels tested for insulin resistance. If it is in the pre-diabetic range, you need to immediately change your lifestyle to avoid diabetes… again, something that can be done naturally without prescription drugs.
Drop ‘em and smile. The digital prostate check is a must. More and more experts are shying away from the PSA test… too many false positives. Talk with your doc, but you may want to skip that.
While a mirror works well, here are three measurements to key on. If you are over-range in any of these indicators, it’s time to shed some poundage:
Waist Circumference: The literature says a waist size for men under 40” is OK. Bullocks! While bodies come in many shapes and sizes, most guys with a 35” waist or greater are sadly out of shape and need to take immediate action to reduce this.
Body Mass Index (BMI): If your BMI > 25.0, you are overweight. If it is > 30.0, you are obese. Either way, time for action to get you sub-25! (NOTE: can be misleading if you have a muscular build)
Waist to Height Ratio (in inches): Most say a ratio > 0.50 indicates too large a waist size. I would lower that a bit into the 0.48 range. So a 6’ man with a 35” waist needs to drop an inch from his waist. Most will have work to do here.
Part II will reveal two more ways to monitor your anti-aging body