Dr. Greg Wells is a scientist, author, health coach, and grew up as an athlete that spent most of his time in competitive swimming. Soon after he got his degree, he started a consulting company that helped big companies implement health and wellness in their system. He then went back to school to get his masters and PhD and learned much about exercise science.
He started working at a hospital doing both research and helping children with chronic diseases. He helped build what he calls an Exercise Medicine Research Program that aims to prevent, diagnose, and treat chronic diseases through exercise. He currently runs a lab that looks in high performance sport and is continuously searching for ways ordinary people can apply what athletes do in their everyday lives.
Today, gives us his insights on what makes training for a medal similar to “training” to survive cancer. He also shares with us why he thinks sleep is the foundation of health and wellness, his thoughts about millennials, and why he says there’s no such thing as “game day” nutrition.
“It’s amazing, even if you end up looking at the completely opposite ends of the spectrum, how similar patterns are and what you can learn from them.” Dr. Greg Wells
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Same mindset of success is the same with athletes and a child with cancer. The success factors for winning a gold medal is not that different from the success factors of a child who gets through chemo.
- Sleep is the foundation. You wouldn’t be able to do anything right if you’re not sleeping well.
- Every single disease has a sleep component. Unless you sleep well you can’t make good decisions about food and your body won’t respond well to exercise.
- Sleeping according to the light-dark cycle optimizes our body’s biochemical processes while doing the opposite confuses our body, makes it inefficient, and messes up our chemistry.
- When it comes to working out, it’s about finding that balance in your energy levels.
- Don’t add more stress to an already stressful situation.
- There’s no such thing as a “game day nutrition” What matters is what you’ve done and eaten the six months before. Consistency is everything in sports.
- Health equals nutrients over calories or H = N/C. Eat the food with the most nutrients per calories. Superfoods are some of the foods people should eat more of.
- Millennials are a pretty good generation when it came to healthy choices, but they’re too addicted to technology and instant information.
- You can make hard decisions that make a huge upside in your life. Simply cutting your cable subscription will help prevent you from getting tempted to watch midnight shows and let you get to sleep better.
- Hospitals don’t serve healthy food; they serve food that technically makes you sick.
- Don’t try to win, just try to be better. Take your time, don’t rush health.
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Mentioned in this episode:
- The Ripple Effect book by Dr. Greg Wells
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