As a former Marine, I know what it means to be physically fit. During my service, intense training and exercise kept me in shape despite a less than nutritious diet. But after leaving the Corps, declining exercise levels, a civilian desk job, and unhealthy eating habits led to weight gain.
I was at the point in my life where I needed a program with structure to follow for my own health. Now that I’m 60 years old, I need to think about my health more than ever. Ultimately, I felt that ManUP was my last chance to do something about it.
A 71-year-old survivor of prostate cancer, Bruce Bader already knew his health was his number one priority after retiring as a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company. Two years into retirement, he put that belief to work and began a journey to lose weight and regain some of his lost vitality so he could fully enjoy this new phase of life.
ManUP is broken into three phases – Training Camp, Season, Post-Season. The first phase, Training Camp, lasts two weeks and is designed to reset your metabolism and get it to start burning through fat. For many, it’s the most mentally challenging part of ManUP. Here is how one member, Jonathan, tackled Training Camp head on.
Nine years ago I was beginning to feel sick. I was at significant risk of having Type 2 diabetes, and my cardiovascular risk was just as severe. My bones and back were constantly aching and stopping me from doing things that I love – being outdoors, hiking, sailing, and spending time with my family. Importantly, I realized that if my health deteriorated I was at risk of not being able to provide adequately for my family of four. All of these health issues and I was only 50 years old at the time. I realized it was time to make a change.