Project Louise: ‘The Single Best Thing You Can Do For Your Health’

Maybe you’ve seen this video already — it went viral on YouTube a while back. But I hadn’t, until CommonHealth co-host Carey Goldberg encouraged me to. If you also haven’t, I encourage you to watch it right now.

Go ahead. I’ll wait.

So, now that you’ve watched it, I can go ahead and talk about it without worrying that I’ll spoil the big reveal for you. Actually, even if you didn’t listen to me and haven’t watched it, I’m not too worried about that, because the huge secret in this video is simply that (last chance to watch before I spoil it for you!) we should all be walking or exercising or in some way moving our bodies about half an hour every day.

We should all be walking or exercising or in some way moving our bodies about half an hour every day.

Not exactly news, right? But for me, anyway, something about the very simplicity of the video’s presentation made me sit up and pay attention in a fresh way. Dr. Mike Evans, the video’s creator, has made it his mission to present preventative-medicine information in as clear and useful a way as possible — and, to my mind, he’s done exactly that here.

The point: We all have 24 hours in a day. Spend 23 and a half of those hours any way you want, but just use the remaining 30 minutes to go for a walk. And the health benefits will be incredible. He’s got charts and stats and everything to prove it. By the end of the presentation, I just couldn’t wait to get up from my desk and go for a walk.

And I’m going to do that in one minute. First, though, I’ll pass along another link to a Dr. Mike insight — this one from a post on his blog. It’s in the form of an infographic, and I’m thinking of blowing it up and putting it on my wall. Again, a simple and obvious point with a powerful potential for lasting change: There is no one big thing we have to do to make ourselves healthier. It’s all about making a lot of little changes, sticking with them, then making more little changes and sticking with those, too.

Little changes like going for a walk.

OK, I’m out of here.

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  • McFloozy

    Great video. Thank you! I’m on Project McFloozy and trying to take inspiration from you. Keep up the good work Louise.

  • lindam313

    Thanks for sharing the great video! This is really clear for people and may get more folks motivated to make little changes that make a big difference!

    • Louise Kennedy

      I hope so — and, by the way, it did make me go for that walk yesterday, in a day when I otherwise might have proclaimed myself “too busy.” Little steps!

  • Ray

    YAY! EIM rules! Literally everyone can do this. It is so easy! I’ve been doing this for many years, based on vague recollections of similar advice, and it is great to see it all quantified so clearly, so that we can all understand and act on it. Thank you Louise, for tossing this big pebble in our pond.

    • Louise Kennedy

      Thanks, Ray — I thought of your EIM advice when I saw this, and I do love how clearly he lays it all out.