Anyone that’s come across Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee) will most likely be drawn in by his high energy, never ending positivity, relentless hustle and unbelievable knowledge on how to run a successful business.
Not only does this guy put out a ridiculous amount of free content and advice which has helped him achieve such a huge social following, but he also has the success in the business world to back it up.
If you’ve been following Gary for some time like I have, you’ll know that he plays the long game, he’s not in it for a quick buck. In fact he’s even said on a number of his Daily Vee episodes that if he really wanted to, he could cash in all his chips now and live the rest of his life doing basically whatever he wants.
But the thing about Gary which has brought him such a significant amount of success is that he keeps his eyes on the prize, for him that means owning the New York Jets NFL team. For that very reason, he doesn’t take short cuts, he’s more than happy to sacrifice the now for the later, or what he calls ‘eating shit now and living off caviar for the rest of his life.’
So what does this have to do with health and fitness?
Short term quick fixes are not the answer. You’re stuck with your body for life, meaning you need to ask yourself the question, what should I be doing to ensure that I live a long and healthy life?
4 week shreds, 30 day challenges, products that promise rapid weight loss are not the answer. Yes, they sound like a great idea at the time, I mean who doesn’t want results in the shortest amount of time possible? But long term, they won’t serve you any purpose.
So what should you be focusing on instead? How do you play the ‘long game’ like Gary Vaynerchuk and see the ultimate success and get the best out of your body?
Let’s start with nutrition, unfortunately there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to nutrition, although there is one thing that remains consistent. Calories in vs calories out. If you’re eating accordingly with your goals (eating in a calorie deficit to lose weight and eating in a calorie surplus to gain weight) you’ll see long term sustainable results.
Along with the calorie intake there’s a few simple rules you should stick to:
-Eat 15g of fibre for every 1,000 calories consumed
-Eat 1 piece of fruit for every 1,000 calories consumed
-Consumed at least 2g of protein per 1kg of body weight
-Eat to fuel your body, meaning nutrient dense foods will always be the best option for optimal performance and health
-Try not to eliminate anything you know you can’t go the rest of your life without
-Drink more water than you are currently
Next up is training, which is clearly a huge factor in living a long and healthy lifestyle.
Everyone is different, meaning your style of training may be completely different to the next person, and that’s cool. In saying that, there’s still a number of boxes you should be ticking to take care of your body and keep your muscles, bones and metabolism healthy.
Strength training should be the main pillar of your training. The more lean muscle mass you hold, the more energy your body uses to maintain weight. What does this mean? You burn more energy at rest making it a lot easier to lose or maintain your weight along with allowing you to consume a higher calorie intake without gaining weight.
Cardiovascular training is a must for a healthy heart. To get a good idea of what form of cardio is best suited to you, check out this article: HIIT vs Steady State Cardio for Fat Loss
Benefits of cardiovascular training
-Improved heart health
-Improved ability to recover from exercise
-Improved hormonal profile
-Reduced chance of diabetes
-Reduces high blood pressure
-Reduction in stress and anxiety
-Improves mental clarity and mood
An area that is neglected most often is mobility and flexibility.
Mobility: The ability to move or be moved freely and easily.
Flexibility: The ability to be easily modified.
Both of these are detrimental to success in both business and your general health and well-being.
As we get older one thing is certain, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Mobility and flexibility are very significant factors when it comes to performing an exercise during training or even a movement in your day to day life without discomfort or having to compensate in a way that is causing you to risk injury.
Now for the most important part of the equation. Do you enjoy what you do and is it sustainable?
If not then it’s time for a change. Playing the long game requires consistency, doing the small things well every single day, always keeping the long term goal in mind. For Gary Vee that means owning the Jets, for the sake of this post that means maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will allow you to continue moving freely and living without health problems for as long as possible.
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