Good behaviors — like quitting smoking or staying slender or being happy — pass from friend to friend almost as if they were contagious viruses. The participants, the data suggested, influenced one another’s health just by socializing. And the same was true of bad behaviors — clusters of friends appeared to “infect” each other with obesity, unhappiness and smoking.Anyone who is even a remotely casual reader of this blog (the few, the proud :)) knows that Dan is pretty much a self-confessed exercise zealot. A few years ago Dan was just another middle-aged guy when he went on a serious diet and began martial arts training and now he is WAY out on the curve as far as physical fitness for his age group.
For me, this has helped. While I am not a zealot a few years ago I couldn't imagine running at all but I have moved from a 5k to a 10k to soon a 10 mile. Maybe late in 2011 I will run a half marathon but not quite there, yet.
And Dan has helped with his relatively-polite scolding. It does make sense to live a healthier life and he is living proof that you can do it.
Dan recently talked about his multi-sport training; for me, the day I signed up for a 10 mile run a few months out I broke a middle toe. In the past that would have been a great excuse for not working out; but that same morning I got up and went to the trainer and that weekend I tried something new for me - the stair master (because it was less jarring on my toe and I want it to heal). While many people do that without too much trouble, an hour on that damn thing completely had me soaked with sweat, and on a relatively low setting. But when you start out something new it is always harder; I'm sure after a while I will get the hang of it a bit better.
So Dan's sport zealotry has rubbed off on me, and heck I probably am in the top 20% of health for my age, from barely in the top half previously. That's still an upward trend. And just getting up and working out in pretty much all conditions without too much of a second thought is also par for the course.