1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
Philip Mandel, Certified Health Coach, 59 years old. I work with men and women, nationwide, who want to create better health in their lives starting with weight loss. A recovering engineer, I retired in 2006 because I would rather change lives than design circuit boards.
2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?
My Father was my role model for health and fitness when I was a child. Emanuel Mandel MD, specialist in internal medicine, was the former Medical Director at a large private hospital in Brooklyn, NY until his retirement and subsequent passing in the early 1980s.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
Dad rarely let a day go by without heading to the city park to play a couple of sets of tennis or swim a few laps. Meals at home were well-balanced, home-cooked, healthful, and Kosher. Good hygiene and self-care were taught to the four of us kids from an early age.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
I was usually dragged along for the tennis or swimming whether I wanted to go or not. While I can’t say I enjoyed every outing, what I experienced was the joys that near-daily exercise provides – strength to do whatever I want, plenty of energy, and a clear mind.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
Thankfully, my daughter does regular exercise and watches what she eats. I’m glad she takes her health seriously!
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
The best way to lose weight is not to gain it in the first place! Stay slim, lean, and trim. Exercise as if your life depends on it. It does! There’s a reason a healthy human body is nearly 50% muscle mass – we’re meant to MOVE. Pushing buttons on a remote or texting on a smart phone isn’t exercise. Jogging, bicycling, climbing, tennis, basketball, swimming – those are examples of exercise. When you eat, eat modestly; eat according to your activity. If you have a sedentary day, stick with low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods (fruits, veggies, just enough protein, complex carbs). If you’re active, crank up the caloric intake, but only to the extent of your exercise – no more! For more information, click on the link below, fill out the form, and hit Submit. I’ll get back to you promptly and answer all your questions.
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