by Dana Cavalea November 12, 2017


Alright... So I have to share this with you.. because I think it will provide some strong perspective.. 

I spend a lot of time around men specifically who are 40+.. more like 55+..

And I gotta tell ya.. you can learn a lot from these guys..

One thing I have been learning over the years though is how many of them have compromised their health, from age 21-50 in the quest and pursuit of career success..

I get it.. I can feel those tendencies myself at times...

Getting up early to write, answer emails, and work, rather than immediately thinking about myself, my workout, my fueling, my prep. 

Those are actually my worst days when I focus on the previous and not the latter.. 

So yesterday I was with my client Brandon and one of his buddies stopped over the house.. 

After not only hearing the sound of mental fatigue and frustration.. we were also greeted with a list of current and previous injuries.. it sounded like a medical chart of a retired NFL player... 

Now this guy was in great shape for his age (70s).. but life has taken it's toll..

Physical Therapy, rehab, therapy... etc... 

He is still cooking, but life is harder for him in his 70s then his 30s.. (which is understood.. but it doesn't have to be that much tougher... it is if you take yourself out of the game too early)

My thoughts were sparked.. and I said to myself,

"What if this guy started a PREVENTION PLAN in his 30s?"

What if we all knew that as we get older we will gain some weight if less active, our joints will lose mobility and become less useful if we allow them, our mindset can change to becoming more negative due to increased failures, frustrations, trials and tribulations...

What if since we know this... we are able to put a daily plan in place to help PREVENT these so called "inevitables"?..

This is what today's blog is about.. 

Preventing the so-called "inevitables" from happening to YOU.. no matter what age you are..

I have seen in myself the following:


  • If I do not focus on my posture, as I get older I can feel myself less upright-- so I need to focus daily on training this, along with strengthening my core.
  • If I eat starchy carbs everyday, especially after 4pm on a non-workout day-- it sticks to me-- so I need to reduce these to 5% of my diet.
  • If I do not get 7.5 hours of sleep, I am irritable--so I need to get in bed by 10pm.
  • If I do not eat green vegetables in larger quantities each day, I crave sugars--so I need to make sure I eat a salad with lunch and dinner each day.
  • If i do not workout first thing in the morning, my body is much tighter and my back hurts from driving--so I need to workout or do my morning prep work before leaving the house in the AM.


Prevention Plans are key to success.. 

The last thing you want to do is LOOK AND FEEL OLD....

That is a bad place to be.. 

As I mentioned with my grandfather a few weeks ago.. he passed away at 92.. but his hair was done, his posture was great, his attitude was an A+, and he focused on his diet and keeping calories under control till the day he left us..

It was all a part of the PLAN...

What is your plan?

What are your daily habits of success?









Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the former Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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