How to be healthy: 5 tips from ex-NBA champion


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Former NBA player and champion, John Salley has recently expressed his views on health in an interview with actress Carol Alt on Fox News’ “A Healthy You” program.

Salley, an advocate for men’s health, kicked off this new focus on “A Healthy You,” where he told Carol Alt that many men are less likely to go to the doctor than women, among other things.

Salley said that most men are about the bravado of being masculine and strong, but they care for their health a lot less than women do.

Former NBA star went on to recall how people used to tell him that usually women are those who have to go to doctors when they have issues, while men have to “handle it” like “real men”.

Such approach, as Salley believes, has “literally been putting men to death.”

‘I’ve just decided that I am not going to live that lifestyle,” he said. “I’ve decided I am not going to live this lifestyle that when you get older you get heavier, sicker and you die.”

Salley agrees that women are in general healthier than men because they discuss their health issues between themselves, unlike men.

“Anything in the region below a man’s chest, he considers it to be sexual towards that other person, and they’ve made so many jokes for so many years about getting your prostate checked. It became a joke, and not something you would do. But it’s not a joke, and people die from it,” Salley said.

Salley explained that it was always a joke because of “plastic gloves” and “compromising position”, however now it is not really necessary, unless specifically required.

“They have different treatments right now, that don’t have to go through your body, to help you with your prostate,” he underscored.

“Me finding out that my testosterone was dropping was why I started changing my mentality,” he explained.

Salley went on to add that one thing that is constant is guys doing whatever a female tells them to do.

He agreed that men are too lazy to get their check-ups, while a woman would push her man to do it, as they’re “natural caretakers”.

“If you make a change in your mind that you want to change – you’ve already changed, because it really is about what you think,” he said.

And in the end, he named his 5 tips for men to be healthier:

Decide to be healthier.
Drink a gallon of water a day.
Walk more, drive less.
Think before you eat.
Avoid processed food.

Salley spent 11 seasons in the NBA, appearing in 748 games (228 started), averaging 7 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.3 bpg in 22 minutes of playing time.

He has won championships with Detroit Pistons (twice, 88-89, 89-90), with Chicago Bulls (95-96), and Los Angeles Lakers (99-00).

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