I am 52.Portrait of George Michael

George Michael was 53 when he died on Christmas Day 2016.

I was not a huge fan of Michael’s early work (especially the Wham days), but you have to hate music not to appreciate at least some of his work–including his live rendition of Queen’s “Somebody To Love.” The man had an awesome voice and an incredible stage presence.

I was at Wegmans the other day finishing food shopping when I saw the cover of People Magazine with a much younger picture of George Michael. I had seen more recent pictures of him—and felt sad for his weight and general condition.

When Michael died, he was very overweight and just unhealthy, quite a contrast to the People Magazine cover.

George Michael isn’t so different from many men.

My reason for writing this is not to criticize George Michael or his lifestyle.

Michael’s weight and general health at the age of 53 is not that much different from most of the male population of the United States. In the U.S., the greatest prevalence of obesity and overweight (80%) is found among men aged 50–54.

George Michael was a pop superstar, and his image of being healthy had a direct impact on his total success. I completely understand that there might have been other habits that affected his career, but when he was at his pinnacle he was vibrant and healthy.

Let’s think of it from a different perspective: If you are the main moneymaker for your household and you are not operating at your fullest potential, how is that positive for your household? Your career? Your relationship with your significant other, and the energy you have for interacting with your children?

After the Big 50.

What happens to guys as we get older, especially after he hit the Big 50?

As we get older, our responsibilities change and intensify, from marriage and children to increased work responsibilities and travel. Why is it that some people can maintain their health and stay in shape and the majority of us struggle?

The answer to this question is not a simple one, but I would like to provide some guidance on how this trend can be changed.

I know everybody’s schedule is crazy, but how about if we just started with the goal of making sure we carve out 30 minutes a day for ourselves. Think about it: If we don’t, who will? (Answer: Nobody!) Your 30 minutes could consist of a short walk, stretching, or just moving. You could also take 20 minutes for some exercise and then take 10 minutes a day to learn about foods and eating better.

Indeed, exercise is only one piece of the puzzle. Eating better is probably, in most cases, the more important item to work on. The Internet is filled with awesome sources on just being smarter about what you put in your month and why.

Take the time to make yourself better. It’s a great goal for the New Year to just give yourself 30 minutes a day.

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