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Fit For Life: The Planet’s in Trouble and So Are We

Saturday, May 03, 2014

 

I am writing this article not as a personal trainer but thinking as a scientist on Mars, looking down on earth and the people who live there, and studying their behavior before we decide whether we want to inhabit earth or destroy it. This study is being conducted to examine the habits, strengths, and weaknesses of the human population, so we can make an informed decision if this is what we want for our people. We will observe these beings from different parts of the Earth and discuss their lifestyles.

We zero in on the United States and the first thing we notice is that they use these noisy devices to purposely disrupt their circadian cycles, and deprive themselves of necessary sleep. Then they jump up, without stretching muscles that were tightened by lack of blood flow to a body that’s usually in a relaxed supine position. They don't drink enough water, and after several hours they become dehydrated. Even their little hairy pets have enough common sense to stretch and hydrate after a long duration of inactivity. We watch as a large majority of these humans get dressed and put these tight uncomfortable objects on their feet, eat some sort of processed matter, drink this acidic beverage and rush out the door, sleep deprived and malnourished.

Most drive themselves and their children, to a place and congregate with others, inside a sunlit-proof building surrounded by electromagnetic radio waves, purposely putting themselves in an environment that stresses them out and makes them unhappy. They then perform tasks for an eight-hour span of time, only stopping to eat more man-made processed snacks and substances. After they complete their eight hours, some go back home and sit in front of another electronic device, and others go to a place full of weighted machines, also lacking natural sunlight, and perform mundane tasks, such as walking or rowing in place, over and over again for specific periods of time. They’re not going anywhere, and they’re putting their bodies at risk by pushing heavy weights around aimlessly, again and again. How curious.

When that’s all done, they feed their bodies more unbeneficial substances, and some are now drinking, but instead of water, they begin over consuming alcoholic beverages that cause havoc to all the systems in the human body. After another session on another electronic device, these humans will consume some sweet addictive substance then attempt to fall asleep. After hours of failure, some grab on to curious pills to help them sleep, or help them wake up in the morning. They are in this vicious cycle of causing themselves even more harm. This cycle continues on a daily basis, until sickness or death occurs.

In conclusion, based on the observational data collected, we have determined that despite all the knowledge these humans have access to, that due to lack of discipline, addiction, availability of, and amount of harmful food produced, we have decided that this harmful way of life is not appealing enough for us to want to live among them, and rather than waste our ammunition to destroy earth, our data indicates that humans will eventually all just destroy themselves. We will move on.

I wish there were a blockbuster movie made like this. Sadly this is how our life would appear – though considered a normal way of life for a lot of people. Just changing your eating habits and improving exercise efficiency can greatly improve your quality of life, and have you feeling better in as little as two weeks. This doesn't have to be difficult; the information is out there, call a pro or do your own research - you'll be glad you did. With all the emphasis on global warming and pollution and the saving of our planet, are WE – each of us – not due a check-up of our own vessels, our bodies, and a whole new way of living healthy?

Matt Espeut has worked as a personal trainer for almost 20 years with clients ranging in age from 14 to 86. His focus is on overall health, strength, and functional conditioning. Holistic health and nutrition is the cornerstone of all his programs. Matt works in private and small group training available at your home or office location or at gym facilities. Matt offers his services to everyone wanting to be more fit and healthy, overweight young people, youth/collegiate athletes, and seniors. Matt has worked and continues to train at several facilities in the Providence area including Gold's Gym and CORE Studio, and he believes continued education is a must in his field. Email Matt:[email protected], check out his website atwww.fitnessprofiles.net or on Facebook atMatt Espeut or on Twitter @MattEspeut.

 

Related Slideshow: New England’s Healthiest States 2013

The United Health Foundation recently released its 2013 annual reoprt: America's Health Rankings, which provides a comparative state by state analysis of several health measures to provide a comprehensive perspective of our nation's health issues. See how the New England states rank in the slides below.

 

Definitions

All Outcomes Rank: Outcomes represent what has already occurred, either through death, disease or missed days due to illness. In America's Health Rankings, outcomes include prevalence of diabetes, number of poor mental or physical health days in last 30 days, health disparity, infant mortality rate, cardiovascular death rate, cancer death rate and premature death. Outcomes account for 25% of the final ranking.

Determinants Rank: Determinants represent those actions that can affect the future health of the population. For clarity, determinants are divided into four groups: Behaviors, Community and Environment, Public and Health Policies, and Clinical Care. These four groups of measures influence the health outcomes of the population in a state, and improving these inputs will improve outcomes over time. Most measures are actually a combination of activities in all four groups. 

Diabetes Rank: Based on percent of adults who responded yes to the question "Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?" Does not include pre-diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy.

Smoking Rank: Based on percentage of adults who are current smokers (self-report smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke).

Obesity Rank: Based on percentage of adults who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/

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6. Rhode Island

Overall Rank: 19

Outcomes Rank: 30

Determinants Rank: 13

Diabetes Rank: 26

Smoking Rank: 14

Obesity Rank: 13

 

Strengths:

1. Low prevalence of obesity

2. High immunization coverage among adolescents

3. Ready availability of primary care physicians  

Challenges:

1.High rate of drug deaths

2. High rate of preventable hospitalizations

3. Large disparity in heath status by educational attainment

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/RI

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5. Maine

Overall Rank: 16

Outcomes Rank: 25

Determinants Rank: 12

Diabetes Rank: 23

Smoking Rank: 29

Obesity Rank: 28

 

Strengths:

1. Low violent crime rate

2. Low percentage of uninsured population

3. Low prevalence of low birthweight  

Challenges:

1. High prevalence of binge drinking

2.High rate of cancer deaths

3. Limited availability of dentists

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/ME

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4. Connecticut

Overall Rank: 7

Outcomes Rank: 15

Determinants Rank: 4

Diabetes Rank: 16

Smoking Rank: 4

Obesity Rank: 12

 

Strengths:

1. Low prevalence of smoking

2. Low incidence of infectious diseases

3. High immunization coverage among children & adolescents  

Challenges:

1. Moderate prevalence of binge drinking

2. Low high school graduation rate

3. Large disparity in health status by educational attainment

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/CT

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3. New Hampshire

Overall Rank: 5

Outcomes Rank: 7

Determinants Rank: 5

Diabetes Rank: 16

Smoking Rank: 11

Obesity Rank: 22

 

Strengths:

1. Low percentage of children in poverty

2. High immunization coverage among children

3. Low infant mortality rate  

Challenges:

1. High prevalence of binge drinking

2.High incidence of pertussis infections

3. Low per capita public health funding

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/NH

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2. Massachusetts

Overall Rank: 4

Outcomes Rank: 14

Determinants Rank: 3

Diabetes Rank: 10

Smoking Rank: 7

Obesity Rank: 2

 

Strengths:

1. Low prevalence of obesity

2. Low percentage of uninsured population

3. Ready availability of primary care physicians & dentists  

Challenges:

1. High prevalence of binge drinking

2. High rate of preventable hospitalizations

3. Large disparity in health status by educational attainment

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/MA

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1. Vermont

Overall Rank: 2

Outcomes Rank: 12

Determinants Rank: 1

Diabetes Rank: 4

Smoking Rank: 9

Obesity Rank: 5

 

Strengths:

1. High rate of high school graduation

2. Low violent crime rate

3. Low percentage of uninsured population  

Challenges:

1. High prevalence of binge drinking

2. Low immunization coverage among children

3. High incidence of pertussis infections

Source: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/VT

 
 

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