Ever heard the saying “age is but a number”. It sounds nice, the notion of beating father time and staying as fit as possible for as long as possible. For some the task seems so daunting that they quit even before they try. Some unfortunate ones had to wait for a lifestyle disease before they started thinking about their health and fitness. For Jessie Severino, his body was talking to him already, even shouting, but it took some time for him to listen.
Looking at him now, it would be hard to see how he use to be a sickly man. But as it usually happens to most young men and women, we are driven by success that we forget about the more important things in life like our health and longevity. We get sucked into the routine of countless work hours leaving us with little time to take care of ourselves. We settle for quick fixes for food since there isn’t enough time to eat, let alone prepare healthy food.
Jessie knew that he had to change his habits. His body was telling him to. Once he started listening to it, he began to change his lifestyle and transform into the man we see today, a yogi, strict vegetarian and someone who is in love with nature. Here’s how he found fitness.
1. What was the moment when you realized that you had to start working out or being physically active? What was your weight then and health state?
During my early school years. I played basketball. I joined basketball tournaments. But an early surgery put an end to my love of basketball. I turned to yoga, studied through books and shifted to a plant-based diet. However, when I started on a corporate job, my life took a turn towards a less active lifestyle. The frequent dine-outs, led me back to eating fat-rich, high calorie foods. After some years of such lifestyle, my weight went for the worse. I became overweight (78 kilos), risk parameters like fasting blood sugar, uric acid and cholesterol levels went beyond normal values.
2. Describe the first few days and weeks of your exercise and/or diet programming. Did you have a hard time adjusting or was it easy? If it was hard, how did you get through it?
The initial few days of shifting to a plant-based diet was never easy.
3. Describe your current diet or eating habits and/or exercise program. Is it difficult to maintain?
4. What’s your current weight now? How do you feel about your physical fitness and health now compare to before?
My current weight is 70 kilos. At 55 years of age, I feel more physically fit than ever before. Getting sick has become a rare occurrence since.
5. What’s the best thing about being fit and healthy?
The best thing about being fit and healthy is I feel better, having more energy and a positive disposition.
6. Do you have any tips for people who are about to start exercising or fixing their eating habits?
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