The 15 Minute Trick

The 15 Minute Trick

  Humans will attempt to avoid anything that is thought to be unpleasant. But often, it is the unpleasant things in life are exactly what we need. We may dislike school or work, but we know that our future depends on building up knowledge, skill, and financial resources. And so, we make the best of it, and go…..    Other things in life, some folks do avoid. Exercise is an example. Yes, we all know that we need to burn calories and...

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Look in the mirror

Look in the mirror

Look in the mirror. What you see before you is the sum total of all you have done for (and to) yourself for the better part of your life. If you cared enough to eat properly, made the time to work your muscles and elevate your heart-rate, avoided more than the occasional sampling of intoxicants, and are on good terms with your physician, you probably like what you see. On the other hand, if you frequently behaved foolishly, and stupidly...

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Planning on living to 80 ? This is some scary stuff !

Compared to two century’s ago, we live a long time! Life Span – recent centuries        1796 – 25 years        1896 – 48 years        1996 – 78 years        2096 – 150 years? Even though we’ll live longer, we may spend the last 10 to 20 years in assisted living! Because we will be frail and unable to care for ourselves! Here’s why: Our Muscle Mass peaks at age 25 to 30. Our Bone Mass tops out in our early 20’s. It can be all down hill...

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Health and fitness resolution? This time, start with a plan!

Health and fitness resolution? This time, start with a plan!

First… set the goal:  A goal creates a clear vision of the future. It must be well thought out and it must be specific. It also needs to define the smaller, supporting things that will need to be done almost daily. Those small things will spell the success or failure of your goal. EX: If the goal is weight loss, consider the specific diet and activity changes you will need to make.   Then, Exercise: Exercise information is bountiful....

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Three Things (from The Fitness Message October 2010)

Create a better “YOU” Do not get “stuck” Move toward the new “you” by imagining what you could be. For example; if you desire to be really fit, think to yourself: “What does a fit person eat? And what does a fit person do?” Then… start living like a fit person. See it, live it, be pulled by it, become it.   On Goal Setting Set goals that you can achieve on a daily basis Don’t say;...

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Humans are AMAZING !

We have changed the face of the earth. We are never satisfied. We push, and we test the limits of our environment, our inventions and, our minds and bodies.   Consider: the Ironman Triathlon (From Wikipedia) Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run, raced in that order without a break. Now… many athletes do the Ironman every year. But I had never...

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A good training partner is worth his weight in parakeets.

A good training partner is worth his weight in parakeets.

. Article originally published in Fitness Motivation Newsletter of July 2008 . I was probably 12 years old that Sunday morning as I sat in church with my family. Like many youngsters, my mind was everywhere except on the sermon. That is until the moment when the priest mentioned something that made my ears perk up. He told the congregation to imagine a strong-man lifting the very heaviest weight that he possible could. In my mind I could see...

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Happy New Year !

Previously published in The Fitness Message September 2007 HAPPY NEW YEAR! Many of us begin the New Year with resolutions to improve our lives.  September is my New Year.  I think it has to do with getting back to a normal routine.  The chaos of summer vacation is over, children are back in school, and weather temperatures begin to cool.  I look at it as a fresh beginning.  Time to improve those eating habits that were forgotten with traveling,...

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Sometimes, we just need to WORK HARDER !

Sometimes, we just need to WORK HARDER !

Previously publised in the July 2010 E-Mail Fitness Message   Leo, my 3 year old grandson, will go for a walk with me around my neighborhood. On these trips he likes to pull his wagon.  Every now and then he will glance back at the wagon to make sure it is still following us. Very cute.  Hartland Road, a few streets away from my house, runs sharply down-hill, then, sharply up. Years ago I would finish my run by sprinting it, which never...

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Improve your mood in minutes.

Improve your mood in minutes.

Research has shown that just a few minutes of physical activity, especially when done out-side can improve our mood. But what can you do with just a few minutes? Some suggestions…. If at work: Take a non-traditional break by going for a walk. Go outside if you can but if the weather is bad, walk up and down a flight of stairs, or walk around the office or production floor. If you really want to get into it, do a set of air-squats or push-ups....

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