E84 – Julian Hayes II | Founder of The Art of Fitness & Life

Julian Hayes views health in a different way than most. For him, health is more than exercise and nutrition, and is seen in the smaller actions that build up and contribute to each person’s lifestyle. His One Big Tip to stay in better shape for longer is to track the data of these everyday behaviors by using health tracking technology in order to create a health and fitness plan that is custom tailored to the user.


Health as a System

Julian’s interest in health and medicine began when he was young. He began medical school, but ended up pursuing a different career that incorporated other business and writing skills while still being involved with health. During this time, he began to analyze the not so obvious components that make up a healthy life, such as genetics, stress, management of relationships and emotional situations. Julian remarks that knowing what to eat is one thing, but we must look at all of these lifestyle factors as a crucial part of a larger health system in order to help guide people to their best performance. According to him, “everything is connected and those little actions add up into whatever your big goal is.” Over the years, Julian has seen how this holistic approach can allow people to retain their health and fitness for a longer period of time. As a result, he now owns a precision performance and health optimization advisory firm in order to use this method to take health in a new direction for entrepreneurs like himself.  

The Benefits of Data Tracking

To best serve his clients and help them achieve their health and fitness goals, Julian’s One Big Tip is to utilize wearable technology to track various health aspects over time in order to visualize daily lifestyle patterns and the effect they have on overall health. Through gadgets such as FitBit and Garmin, you can regularly track variance in your heartbeat and other functions, which can reveal more about your daily habits and activities. One of the main benefits to using wearable health trackers is accountability and awareness of how you spend your day. While people can often become consumed by work and sit for hours in a chair, the awareness of routine behaviors and health conditions can help people make changes and keep pressing towards their fitness goals. Other positive results from tracking your health are “shifting from a reactive to proactive mentality and approach…and using the data to make more precision based and well informed actions when it comes to your life.” Whether your goal is losing weight, getting a better sleep, or even reducing stress, the data that you accumulate over time will provide and contribute to an assessment of the steps you need to take in moving forward with your health. 
To learn more about health optimization for entrepreneurs, visit Julian’s website www.theartoffitnessandlife.com. You can find even more information from his podcast Optimal Health for Busy Entrepreneurs which can also be found on the website.