Happy Father’s Day! My father’s top 5 healthy lifestyle hacks!

My father passed away at 91-years-of-age. He was an active man until his deteriorating knee made movement excruciatingly painful. Even then, however, he refused to get around with a wheel chair or a scooter chair.

5. Don’t pay somebody to do a job you’re able to do yourself.

My father was an executive in several Fortune 500 companies. Seeing him in a suit and tie was normal attire Monday-Friday. Weekends found him dressed in his real "working clothes."

My father was an executive in several Fortune 500 companies during his career. Seeing him in a suit and tie was normal attire Monday-Friday. Weekends found him dressed in his real “working clothes.”

Doing jobs yourself is more than a way to save money. It’s a way to stay strong and fit. Finishing a job and the satisfaction that comes from doing it well is a highly effective way to manage stress.

4. Start every day with 1/2 a grapefruit.

Grapefruit is a good source of vitamin C and soluble fiber. We know that vitamin C helps to prevent cell damage. Soluble fiber helps lower the bad LDL levels in the blood. Including fruit and vegetables in every meal is a way to ensure you get your optimal 5-9 servings daily.

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My dad wasn’t one to choose sedentary entertainment over getting out and “doing something fun.” He was an avid skier – snow and water, loved sailing, hiking, and ice skating. We had to beg him to take us to the movies, but he was always agreeable when we asked to go skiing!

2. Make healthy habits a habit now; don’t wait until the damage is done. Prevention is more effective than trying to undo or stop the damage done from an unhealthy lifestyleFullSizeRender 15

He started early, he taught us, his children to start early, he started his grandchildren early and now his grandchildren are starting their grandchildren early!

He started early, he taught us, his children to start early, he started his grandchildren early and now his grandchildren are starting their children early!

1. Moderation in all things, including moderation!FullSizeRender 17

 

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.