• Years of unhealthy diet and sleep resulted in Matthew Gilbert's weight rising to almost 270 pounds.
• After committing himself to a daily walk, he immediately saw benefits, including a steady loss of weight and an improvement in his mood.
• Finally, he completed more intense training and began eating less, resulting in a dramatic weight loss of 70 pounds.
Matthew Gilbert believed he had a panic attack. The 31-year-old project manager sat at his desk in Houston, Texas, one morning, when all his professional and personal stress seemed ready to tear him down. "I went to the doctor and they prescribed tablets for anxiety, stress and something that helps me sleep," he says. He was not enthusiastic about taking medication for his problems. He thought there might be a better way.
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After visiting a doctor the next day, he and his staff skipped lunch and walked on a path near his office. He came back stronger, with a positive mood that he had into the afternoon. So he began to walk or jog at lunch every day. "I almost immediately noticed a drastic change in my overall mood, my sleep plan, and my productivity, and even got comments from my coworkers on what I had changed," he says.
After a few months, he went to a gym and put together his own 45-minute workout. He persuaded some staff members to join him and they created routines based on ideas they found online. "I was able to get our company to compensate for gym membership," he says, "after explaining how much more productive I personally was after having led a healthier and more active lifestyle."