Dwayne Johnson is the epitome of fitness in a modern-day scenario. Apart from being one of the highest-grossing box office stars of all time, he's an investor, producer, author and retired professional wrestler. In 2016 and 2019 he made the Time Magazine list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World. He was also voted the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine.
Through persistent hard work, resilience, determination, dedication, and self-discipline he was able to achieve this success. Dwayne follows a strict diet and a rigorous training regime six days a week. Although we are not aiming to become professional wrestlers or actors, we can always learn a thing or two from his success and incorporate them into our everyday routine so that we can lead a healthy and fulfilling life devoid of sickness and disease.
The first step to achieving your goal is to take a moment to respect your goal. Know what it means to you to achieve it. - Dwayne Johnson
The Rock has seven meals a day which comprises of steak, oatmeal, egg whites, fruit juice, chicken, white rice, broccoli, bell paper, mushrooms, protein shake, halibut, asparagus, baked potato, and salads. We couldn't even begin to imagine having such a herculean diet. We have to remember that Dwayne's training regiment is rigorous and he needs the carbohydrates and proteins to sustain himself. Moreover, everything is either grilled or boiled having very little seasoning. We don't have to follow the diet by the book and should try to eat a balanced diet consisting of the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and fiber.
The following are some of the advantages of having a balanced diet-
Helps in maintaining a healthy body weight
Having a balanced diet helps in maintaining healthy body weight as intake of junk and processed food is reduced and replaced with wholesome, nutrient-filled and energy-rich food. The level of obesity is on the rise and can cause several chronic diseases and ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart diseases. Having a sedentary diet dramatically increases the intake of calorie-dense food and weight gain occurs when the calorie intake is higher than the number of calories used up by the body.
Ensures a good nights sleep
Various factors may contribute to a good night's sleep, having a balanced diet is one of them. Excessive body weight may cause sleep apnea where the sleeping pattern is disrupted due to obstruction in breathing. We all know how important is a good night's sleep and without it we may experience fatigue during day time which may affect our efficiency at work, hypersomnia and various other complications. We should avoid having caffeine and alcohol and adopt a healthy and balanced diet to ensure an unrestricted sleeping pattern.
Improves the digestive system
Having a low fiber diet increases complications in the digestive system and leads to inflammation of the digestive tract. A regular bowel movement is also affected without which there is always a sense of uneasiness. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains have a sufficient amount of fiber in them and clears the bowel movement.
The functioning of the brain and memory is significantly improved
The optimum functioning of our brain should be our utmost priority and we can achieve this by controlling our eating habits. A diet that incorporates Vitamins D, E, C, omega 3 fatty acids, flavonoids, and polyphenols can help keep the brain healthy and functioning at an optimum level. Memory retention and the ability to learn more efficiently increases which in turn results in better functioning in our daily lives. A healthy brain also keeps mental disorders at bay.
Keeps diseases at bay
According to a recent study people with obesity are more prone to diseases than people who maintain a healthy weight. People with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are at a risk of cancer while people whose diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fibers are at a lesser risk of being diagnosed with various forms of cancer such as liver cancer, colorectal cancer, etc. A balanced diet helps in preventing diabetes too. A person who is already diagnosed with diabetes can also adopt a balanced diet. Although this will not cure the problem it will help in preventing further complications. Various other complications and diseases can be kept at bay by improving the immune system and also vascular function because the immune system riles heavily on the blood flow. Incorporating Vitamins A, B, C, E, Zinc and Iron into our diet helps to improve the functioning of the immune system.
Keeps the body energetic
A balanced diet improves the overall functioning of the body. It keeps our body energetic throughout the day as a nutrient-dense food, full of fibers gives us energy and this effect lasts for a long time. Easily digestible food is low in fiber digest quickly and this causes spikes in the energy released in the body followed by immediate lows and we start feeling hungry again. Our goal should be to maintain a continuous energy flow throughout the day and this can be attained by curbing down on unhealthy fats, processed food, and simple carbohydrates and increasing the consumption of healthy fats, protein, and iron as iron helps in transporting oxygen to the brain and working muscles.
There a reason why The Rock is so healthy even at the age of 47. Usually at this age people start experiencing health issues but Dwayne's diet has helped him to maintain optimum health and fitness. We can take his example and try to incorporate a balanced diet into our lifestyle as well.
Dwayne Johnson follows a rigorous training regime and works out six times a week. Even when he is on tours around the world, his workout routine remains the same. He wakes up at 4:00 am every morning and goes for a half an hour run followed by cardio. Now it is not possible for us to follow a workout routine like him but we can always squeeze in an hour or half an hour of exercise into our lifestyles. This will bring about a huge positive difference in our lives. It s not necessary that we must only work out in the gym, we can do yoga, go for a swim or a run, do some freehand exercises at home. The main point is to put in some sort of exercise into our daily routines so that we may live a positive, fulfilling and healthy life.
Here are some benefits of regular exercise-
Adequate management of stress, anxiety, and depression
Exercising regularly can help keep the body healthy. The respiratory system, the cardiovascular system is fully used which results in the reduction of heart and respiratory diseases. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body which helps in relieving stress, pain and leaves you feeling happier and more relaxed. When you have good physic, you'll start feeling good about yourself and this will boost your self-esteem and confidence.
Expand to a new circle of friends
When you join a gym, health club, go for swimming or a jog you will find yourself being surrounded by people with similar interests. You'll open up to a whole new social circle who share common goals and this will help you to stay motivated. This will also improve your mental health and social standing.
Improves your sex life
This is a proven fact that exercise helps to boost sex drive. Proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, improved blood circulation, toned and flexible muscles contribute towards better sex drive and doing regular exercise can help improve all of the above. You'll experience a rise in sexual activity, better performance in bed and an increase in sexual pleasure.
Maintaining muscle and bone strength
Through regular exercise, we can build and maintain strong muscles and bones. With regular exercise, we should increase the consumption of protein as they help in muscle growth and prevents muscle breakdown. At a young age, exercise helps to build bone density and at a later age reduces the chances of having osteoporosis. Often there is a loss of muscle mass and functioning at old age so it is imperative that we regularly workout to maintain muscle functioning and reduce muscle loss.
So even at the age of 47, The Rock has a Greek God like body. He truly is a source of inspiration and by incorporating some of the habits into our lifestyle we can also achieve success in our respective careers.
It was not always rainbows and sunshine in Dwayne Johnson's life. He had a rough childhood and because of his never give up attitude he was able to climb the ladder of success. This is a story of hard work and determination. His life story teaches us that we should never give up on our goals and work hard to achieve success. May it be health goals or life goals, a positive attitude and hard work never go in vain.
Asesh is a content writer at Healthmug. He's a voracious reader accompanied with a vivacious personality. Asesh is an aspiring sociologist with a love for sports. Simplicity is at his core and this is reflected in his writing which is effulgent and far from being sybaritic.