Who is your best friend? Think about his/her qualities, good and bad. OK, now how about your closest family members? What are they like? While we're at it, think of anybody that your close with, be it family, friends, coworkers, online buddies... who makes up your inner circle?
Sometimes people don't realize how hard it can be to make a permanent change. They struggle with overcoming a bad habit or with creating a new, more beneficial one and they get frustrated. They question everything from what they eat, to what exercises to do and in what order. They even look for the miracle pill that doctor so-and-so was talking about on the teletube. But seldom do they look at their environment.
There are so many over-hyped supplements and pieces of equipment that I get asked about, many of which cause me to tilt my head like a dog trying to understand what you just said. But oddly enough, I get the exact same reaction from many clients when I recommend what could be one of the most beneficial habits around.
I'll be the first to admit that my weekly submissions may be somewhat scatter-shot. It's because I write each article about whatever is on my mind at the time. At least it's only once a week that you're subjected to this brief peek into my brain, imagine what my poor girlfriend has to deal with on a daily basis.
Is there something in your life that you want to change? Something you think about occasionally, maybe even often? But no matter how much you think about the change you just never get around making it happen?
One of the questions that I get asked most often is some form of "I just heard about this new supplement X, what do you think about it?" I usually respond with what facts (some) or evidence of effectiveness (little to none) to help the curious individual. In most cases I'll tell them that supplement X really doesn't do much and that they should save their money.
This week I thought we could get a little more practical. Even though habits, happiness, willpower and having fun are at the core of living a healthy lifestyle, they can be hard to nail down. So I thought giving some solid advice would help.
When was the last time somebody said something mean, hurtful or downright rude to you? Think about it for a second. It could be anything. Asking if you've put on weight. Telling you those shoes are ugly. Saying you look like you had a rough night. Do you remember?
This week I'm going to take a break from the usual fare to offer an apology. One that I think is long overdue and one that the entire fitness industry should supply. I don't think many of my professional peers will see where I'm coming from though, so I'm offering it on their behalf. Let me explain.
Ahhh cheat meals. One of my favorite topics. And by the looks of some of these Facebook and Instagram posts, it's a pretty popular one with everyone else, too. Let's be clear though. I'm talking about cheat meals, not cheat days... there's a difference.
Last week we discussed the most effective training method. I covered, briefly, whether you should do your cardio before or after your weight training. Long story short, I kept it simple and explained that for newer gym goers it was more important to simply develop the habit of actually going to the gym.
One of the questions I get asked most often is if you should do cardio before or after lifting weights. I know the reason I get this so often is because people want to make the most of their gym time. I get it. We don't have all day to spend at the gym. So let's see if I can provide some answers.
Last week I mentioned a bit about Lean In Lebanon. Some of you may be familiar with it, either because you participated or you know someone who has. I'd like to use my time today to go into a little more detail about the program and the possibilities it provides.
We're a few days into the new year now. How are those resolutions holding up? Statistically speaking, there are already some readers who have slipped up... and then there's everybody else, wondering what they've gotten themselves into.
The time is officially upon us. We've been waiting all year for this. Drum roll please... let's all get ready... to go see "Star Wars!" Wait, no. That's not it. Oh yeah, New Year's Resolutions!
Sing it with me now! It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas, ya silly goose. I'm talking about New Year's Resolution time! That magical time of year when we all say things we're going to do and then 95 percent of us fail to make it more than a week or two.
Well, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go... go outside, go outside, go outside! What, did you really think I'd mention snow? Pssh, not from me. I'd plant palm trees in my front yard, if they'd survive and if I had a front yard.
Every time I sit down to write an article, I try to think of something groundbreaking. The want to deliver some life-shattering piece of advice is almost overpowering.
I have fond memories of being a kid and going out to eat with my parents. Hitting the usual fast food fare was a normal thing, probably three or four times each week. We would even occasionally go during the holidays, if my mom didn't feel like burning another roast (just kidding mom, love ya!).
Hello once again, all you amazing people. If you're just now joining us, we've been covering different tips and tactics to make it through the holiday season without adding an additional area code to your frame.
Last week we covered how the simple act of becoming more mindful about your thoughts can create a huge change in your actions. I think this is an extremely powerful habit to create, but it can be a difficult one to create. We are sometimes so busy, that it is quite easy to simply switch on the autopilot and just try to make it through the day.
In keeping with the "survive the holidays in one piece" theme, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about urges. We certainly face a menagerie of them during our everyday lives, bombarded by the sights of commercials and billboards, the sounds of radio ads and even the smell of the fast food restaurants and bakeries.
So, Halloween has come and passed. How did you fare? Did you make it through in one piece or did you try to eat every single piece? No big deal, there's always tomorrow... right?
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