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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
I mentioned recently to one of my morning class participants that I’m pursuing a college education and want to be a psychologist when I grow up. After some discussion we decided that at least I can tell people what doesn’t work. We both laughed at that. The thought came to me of a doctor who smokes, telling you to stop smoking; or an out of shape trainer helping you with your exercise program.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
All of us hurt ourselves at some time or other. The degree to which we hurt ourselves determines whether or not we’re injured. Injuries always hurt. But hurt doesn’t always mean injured. When we exercise, we often feel a sensation of perceived discomfort, due to micro-trauma to working muscles (which results in growing healthier muscles).
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Posted August 14, 2014
Some mistakenly believe we must feel motivated before we can change. There’ll always be a reason to not do what needs to be done. Maybe it’d be easier when school starts, when school’s out, after graduation, after the holidays, after the kid leaves for college, after I get that job, when the slow season arrives, when things pick up a bit; when I feel more motivated… see what I mean?
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 8, 2014
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” (Buddha) One doesn’t lift a hand or finger without first the thought to do so, even at the unconscious level. The feelings we feel are the result of thought. Just this evening, my 10 year old daughter said, regarding my 6 year old son, “He never listens!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Have you heard: Strong is the new skinny? Among my 8 children, are a couple of teenage girls. Teenage girls tend to worry about how much they weigh, and whether or not they’re perceived as “fat.” Teen girls are more likely to develop bulimia and/or anorexia nervosa than any other group.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 25, 2014
I tipped you on how to begin pushing your body weight last time. Remember push, pull, rotation, squat and lunge? Now…what about pulling your own weight? That can be a little more challenging, for some. Just as some think of military style push-ups when thinking body weight push; many think of a pull-up or chin-up, when thinking body weight pulls.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014
I tell my clients and class participants to move ‘like you mean it.’ That means, don’t throw your weight around, literally. Move your body (and/or your weights) slowly and deliberately. Our bodies are amazing and can do countless wonderful things. Even so, all human movement can be broken down into five basic movements: push, pull, rotation, squat and single leg (lunge) movements. Let’s talk push.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 • Posted July 11, 2014
Don’t look now, but… The tendency, when hearing this phrase is, of course, to look. It’s the power of suggestion. From yawning when someone yawns to smiling when someone laughs, it’s an amazing thing; “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7) Our tendency to follow suggested pathways is an interesting phenomenon in human behavior.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
Most of us are off balance and don’t realize how much. Many of us have movement dysfunctions and postural distortions from years of repetitive movement. We spend hours each day in front of a computer, seated at a desk, or behind the wheel of a truck or car. We don’t have enough of what’s termed ‘multi-directional, multi-velocity movement patterns.’ When muscles, and the tissues connecting them, are held in the same positions, and perform the same movements repeatedly, they often devel ...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 26, 2014
I had the choice opportunity to meet and get to know some of our volunteer and employed local heroes this past week. One lieutenant told me that the firefighters’ motto is: Adapt and Overcome. We’d all do well to adopt that, firefighter or not. If life isn’t about adapting and overcoming, I don’t know what it’s about.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 19, 2014
I had the happy occasion to spend time with a woman last evening who was a vibrant and very colorful personality. One of the many attention grabbing things she said to me was this: “It’s none of my business what you think of me.” I had to laugh at that.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re just not on your game, you understand how most of my week has been. When we become injured, ill, discouraged, we get too busy, or face any number of other proverbial speed bumps we inevitably will encounter during the course of our efforts to achieve greater health and wellness, we may feel set back a little.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014
I sustained various and sundry injuries today and have been left feeling as if I’ve been tossed about in a washing machine. During the process of sustaining my injuries, I cried out for help…you know “Help!” Funny thing is; the person to whom I cried out gave no aid. So I was left to manage unassisted.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted June 5, 2014
Not long ago I was taking my favorite dirt road run from my house, near Real Ale Brewery, down toward the square. From somewhere, I detected the sweet, very distinct fragrance of honeysuckle carried on the warm breeze blowing from the south, up the lane toward me. About 10 minutes later, rounding the corner at Live Oak and 6th, I saw the honeysuckle, blooming, growing along the fence to my left; beautiful, the scent heavy in the air.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 23, 2014
I’m thankful for bright readers who can read between my lines. In last week’s Fit Tip I told you about the beginnings of my personal journey, and how the first step in the process of changing your lifestyle, and thus your body, is to evaluate WHY you are in the ‘shape’ you are.