Back in 1997 Dr. Jeffry Life was busy with his family practice. He was so busy with work that he wasn't able to take care of himself. He didn't have that much energy and was tired. He was overweight and wanted a change. He had enough. He started working out and got back on track with a diet.
Now at age 74 Dr. Life is in the best shape of his life. He continues to go to the gym five days a week. He has even taken up martial arts. He looks to inspire others with his story. His book "Mastering the Life Plan: The Essential Steps to Achieving Great Health and a Leaner, Stronger, and Sexier Body," looks to help other get on the right track.
I was able to ask Dr. Life a few questions about how to start living a better and healthier life.
Art Eddy: We see so many ads and programs to lose weight and tone up. For you what is the best way for a normal person young and old to lose weight?
Dr. Jeffry Life: The best way for any man to lose weight is to eat 4-5 small meals a day of 300-400 calories a piece, avoid bread and white rice, and get moving. Walk whenever you can rather than drive.
AE: If people are in a hurry and can do only a 20 minute workout, what are some exercises they should do?
JL: I recommend pushups, abdominal crunches, and brisk, continuous walking on a treadmill or outside for at least 15 minutes.
AE: For cardio which is better bike, running, or elliptical?
JL: It doesn't matter. They are all equally good. Whatever you'll do consistently because you enjoy it is the best choice.
AE: How many days do you exercise a week?
JL: I try to do something every day. The minimum I do is 30 minutes of cardio on my Lifecycle every day
AE: What is one food that people should stay away from who are looking to lose some weight?
JL: Bread, any type, even if it's whole wheat.
AE: I have heard people really shouldn't eat past 8 PM. What are some things people could eat if they are getting hungry at night?
JL: An apple with peanut butter is always a good choice. Another is a protein shake.
AE: For those who might be nervous to start a workout program what advice can you give them?
JL: Start small, and gradually add to what you are doing. Then gently increase your time and intensity and before you know it, you'll look forward to exercising every day.