How To Be Above Average

What does it mean to be average? According to the CDC, here is how the average men and women in the U.S. measure up:

  • Men:
    Height: 5 feet, 8 inches
    Weight: 195.5 lbs
    Waist circumference (inches): 39.7
  • Women:
    Height: 5 feet. 4 inches
    Weight: 166.2 lbs
    Waist circumference (inches): 37.5

Maybe this describes you, maybe it doesn't. Either way the 'average' guy or gal is not in the best shape.  So how can we rise above and become more than just average? Being our best self is about getting right mentally and physically. It doesn't mean you have to look like an olympic athlete or be totally zen like a monk, but you can always strive to do better. 

This is not you.

This is not you.

Neither is this.

Neither is this.

The first step is decide that mediocre is not enough and the next thing to do is to get to active! So for the Average Jane or Joe, here are some things you can do to be at your best:

Get Some Sleep

Everyone feels better when they are well rested. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night has a ton of benefits including putting you in a better state of mind and helping you recover from workouts. So get some rest and start your day off right.

Don't fight it.

Don't fight it.

30 Minutes of Exercise Daily

Any workout is better than no workout. Whether that means hitting the gym, taking yoga, or simply going for a walk, it all helps. Sitting all day is bad for you, so if you have a typical 9-5, daily activity is key to staying healthy. Go outside and get active!

Limit Intake of Processed Food and Alcohol

Listen, I know that snacks, sodas, and cocktails are delicious. But minimizing the negative impact of these treats on our health means limiting the amount we consume. Controlling your portions is a critical component in a healthy lifestyle, so choose your indulgences wisely.

Plan Your Meals

One way to avoid the problems associated with bad foods is to plan your meals ahead of time. This allows you to think about what you are going to eat and choose better options when cravings strike. 

Stay Hydrated

H2O is magic!

H2O is magic!

This is the simplest one to get down. Instead of loading up on sodas and sugary beverages, pick up a water bottle or break out the Brita filter and fill up. If you are really in need you can try some Hydration Therapy to get you going. 

Get Your Mind Right

Mental health is just as important as physical health and while working out may make you feel good, it's crucial to find a balance. It could be something as simple as taking a day off or talking to a friend who is willing to listen. You can also try meditation or even talking to a professional when you are having a tough day. Whatever it takes to get into a good state of mind.

Making small changes like these is all it takes to go from Average Joe to Superhero, or maybe just ABOVE Average Joe. So try it and see if you don't feel better. You've got nothing to lose!