Type A and Type B personalities help make the world go round. You may be completely one or the other or have a mix of both. So which one is better?
Here is a quick break-down of Type A vs Type B personalities:
High-Achieving, “stress junkies”
Generally lacking a sense of urgency
Take these break-downs for what you will, but let’s talk about your health. There are positive and negative aspects for both A&B personalities when your health is concerned. Type A is likely to be more goal-driven and motivated, where Type B is likely to have reduced stress levels and enjoy the process more. It may be said that higher stress levels in A personalities are linked to increased risks of heart disease, however, less motivated(Type B) individuals are more likely to suffer more from obesity and other health-related comorbidities. So where is the compromise?
The process of living a healthier life can be a complicated one if you let it. Trying to plan a life around a perfectly timed process can be stressful and time consuming. Will there be results, sure- but is the sacrifice worth it? Find a way to enjoy the process. Find exercise that you enjoy and food that is healthy and tasty (quite easy, by the way).
For a minute, let’s venture down a rabbit trail and see what the real life implications are to some long-term poor life decisions:
If you ask a plumber, “what happens to the fittings over time if there is too much pressure inside the lines?” They may something like “From joints to supply lines to faucets, damage can occur throughout the plumbing system” (plumbingsupply.com) . The same goes with our body and having high blood pressure. Having hypertension over a long period of time can damage crucial organs in your body like your heart, brain, and kidneys.
If you ask a mechanic, “what happens if I constantly put fuel that is too lean (rich) into my car?” They may say that it won’t operate properly, have bad performance and may even be the reason the vehicle won’t start. While this is obviously a simplified version of what eating sweet foods may do to the body, the scientific evidence states that eating too much sugar on a regular basis (not just candy, there is a lot of sugar added in processed foods) can directly affect your brain, mood, skin, kidneys, teeth and many other parts of your body.
We went from differently personalities to real-life implications of a plumber and a mechanic- so what do they have in common? I wanted to give a couple of examples of real-life examples so you can see how similar taking care of your body may be to a car or the plumbing in a structure. The effects of high pressure or too rich of fuel may not be evident immediately, but with time, they can be extremely detrimental. The same goes with how we treat our bodies. The stresses of daily living, the food we eat and the activities we partake in truly start to manifest themselves over weeks to months and maybe even years. This is not a fear or guilt-invoking tactic, but an oversimplification of the importance of you- you are important and should take care of your body like it is! Its the only one you have.
Being a good historian is essential when improving your health. This is where you need to adopt a Type A personality. Record what you eat, record when you workout and exercise. There are countless apps and digital devices out there to accomplish this task so your excuses are null. But why is this the ONE thing that I should be Type A with? Well, if you are aspiring to have a healthier life in any aspect, it is easier to discern between good and bad choices when they are recorded. Doctors, nutritionists and other health care professionals are able to better diagnose and treat their patients who have a better handle on their daily activities and food consumption.
Small changes may be implemented with great success if there is honest recording presented to the physicians/clinicians. If a medical emergency occurs, those records may be used to best diagnose the patient’s symptoms and offer a better course of treatment. The information just needs to be there. Not to mention that it is an excellent accountability partner (which isn’t always fun, but necessary).
Anyone who really wants to improve their health should start off with the 7-day challenge: Record what you eat and drink on a nutritional app. If you make it these seven straight days without fudging your numbers, then you are on the path to success. Recording everything is the first step, followed by an improvement on what you are eating and increasing the amount of physical activity .
I can’t emphasize the importance of recording what you eat and do throughout the day enough. As a personal trainer and Paramedic, it is quint-essential for me to be a good question-taker. It helps lead me down the appropriate path of treatment for each of my clients or patients. Better input usually equals better results. Make today your day to start recording what you are doing and know that it is essential for long-term health improvement.
Walk worthy of the call.
As a quick plug- here is a link to my book and the how eating healthy is simple and applicable no matter what walk of life you may be in:
Quality Nutrition = Quality Training
Eating smart not only makes your feel better and exercise more efficiently but aids in a lifestyle that is less prone to disease and other health complications.