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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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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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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D-Day June 6th, 1944

D-Day June 6th, 1944

The deception campaign mounted by the British and the Americans successfully kept an entire German Army out of the fighting until it was too late. The dilemma for both the Allies and the Germans was deciding where in France, the invasion would land. The two options considered were the Pas de Calais, and, Normandy. Pas de Calais offered both the shortest sea crossing and the shortest route to German heartland. Formidable defenses there, however,...

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Self control

Self Control, was increased with a little exercise! Studies demonstrated that a brisk 15 minute walk could reduce chocolate and cigarette cravings. It seems the brain reward system, the part of the brain responsible for cravings, reacted less to tempting images after some  exercise. “A single session of exercise can reduce the attention-grabbing power of temptations”, said lead author, Kate Janse Van Rensburg....

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Never Rule Anyone “OUT”

Never Rule Anyone “OUT” High school senior, Dakota Meyer, spoke with the Marine recruiters visiting his school. The conversation ended with the recruiter telling him “….there’s no way you could be a Marine.” Dakota walked away, but the soldier’s words bugged him. He returned to the recruiter and signed up. Five years later, Dakota Meyer would receive the Medal of Honor for dodging gunfire to save a total of 36 lives! Never Rule Anyone “OUT” Now...

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Mums the word

Mums the word

Mums the word. I had just finished working my back. Deads, pull-ups, rows. At the end of it I was both energized and pooped.  Adam, the front desk guy, saw me and said, “Tom, you’re looking good”. Either I actually didn’t hear him or, I wanted to hear those words again (subconsciously, of course). So I said, “what was that”? He said it again, adding that I looked “cut”. You know what?… That made me feel GOOD! For two reasons. First, Adam...

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