So, why a fitness for men section on a men’s haircare site? Why not? Looking great and feeling good about yourself isn’t just about a great cut. It’s about being fit and healthy, too. It’s about working out and diet and nutrition, too. This section of the siteis also my way of putting it out there and keeping myself accountable and motivated. Nearly 100,000 people visit HaircutsForMen.org each month, so if I slip up somebody’s gonna notice. Can’t have a fitness section if I’m not in shape myself.
So why should you listen to me? Let me preface this by saying I’m not a doctor, or a physical trainer, or nutritionist. I’m not even a chiropractor. I’m a barber. I’m a middle aged guy who probably drinks a bit too much Guinness from time to time, but I’m in pretty good shape for somebody my age.
I’m also a guy who’s lost a lot of weight and have, after a few decades, figured out that being trim and healthy can be achieved and maintained without a whole lot of work and without upsetting your lifestyle too much. It’s all about maintaining a sensible diet for men and doing regular easy exercises.
I only spend a few hours a week working out and I still go out to dinner and drink beer a few nights a week. How?
Before I get to that, let me get the lawyer shit out of the way. Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise routine or change in diet. Blah, blah, blah…
I was born a poor bl… er, uh… wait not that far back. About 10 years ago, I had ballooned up to 220 pounds, which is heavy for my 5’10” frame. What happened? Life. I was working my ass off and traveling a lot, so I ate junk food and ate late at night and never exercised. I was always a skinny kid, but I’d let myself go.
Then it happened. I got my drive’s license photo. My face looked like someone stuck a straw in my mouth and blew it up. I had more chins than a Chinese phone book. That same afternoon, I left my doctor’s office with a prescription for cholesterol medication and a warning that I was a heart attack waiting to happen. I was already on medication for constant back pain (70 extra pounds is like carrying around a 10 year old boy).
Fuck this, I said to myself and threw the prescription in the trash. That day, I decided to get healthy.
I started a diet that afternoon. A friend had lost a few pounds doing the Atkins diet, so I read the book and gave the low-carb lifestyle thing a try. After a few weeks, I noticed my pants were getting baggy and the weight was coming off. I started going to the gym and working out three days a week. After about six months, I had lost 70 pounds and I felt great (I actually got down to about 150 and people were telling me I was too thin). Once, I overhead a franchisee talking to one of her barbers. She was talking about me and said, “and he’s got that tight little body that I’d like to…” (insert growling noise there). That was one of the best feelings ever.
WHERE I AM NOW:
So, here I am 15 years later. About 10 years ago, I decided to leave my high-stress corporate barbershop chain bullshit job and go out on my own. I teamed up with some friends and opened our first American Haircuts store. A few years later, we opened a second. Over the course of these past five years, I’ve put on and taken off a few pounds here and there, but I’ve kept off most of the weight — and I’ve figured out how to do it without a tremendous amount of effort and without sacrificing too much of my lifestyle. As I write this, I’m about 175 pounds and my 32″ waist jeans are a good fit. I buy medium shirts. That’s a cool feeling.
See, here’s the thing. I love going to pubs and drinking Guinness and I do it a few times a week. I love to eat good food and I’m not planning on giving either up any time soon. So what’s a guy who wants to eat a few good meals and drink Guinness until he falls off the bar stool a few nights a week to do? Here’s the secret…
“EAT BETTER. MOVE MORE.” Shocking, ain’t it.
That’s essentially it. The key to being trim and fit is simply eating less and moving more. I still go out a few nights a week and enjoy my Guinness, but I’ve learned that balance and moderation is the key to being healthy and still enjoying life’s pleasures.
So, why did I add this section to Haircuts for Men? It’s simple. I want to help inspire and motivate you to be healthy. This is also my way of putting it out there and keeping myself accountable and motivated. I can’t have a fitness section if I’m not fit myself, right?!
When I got healthy, I started feeling great. I don’t have back problems anymore. I’m not on any medications. My blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol are normal. I look better and I’m more confident. I don’t get winded going up the stairs. The list goes on and on…
Clicking through the next few pages will show you what I’m doing to keep healthy.
WARNING: CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY EXERCISE OR DIET PROGRAM