In Like a Lion

Looks like we’re in for some weather here, but the old adage states: “If the month of March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb”. How will you “roar” this month? Commit to finding some type of physical activity which makes you feel powerful, whether that is CrossFit, P90X or mastering simhasana in your yoga practice. 

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Weights and Measures

So the digital display on the treadmill says that you’ve burned eleventy-seven calories: can you believe that? Unlikely. Read this article I recently published to get a custom tailored picture of your body’s calorie melting capacity. 

Re-Charge Your Resolutions

Has the winter weather derailed your exercise goals? If you recently signed up for a gym membership, read my article on how to get the most out of your new fitness tools. 

Whatever you do, keep moving! You’ll feel better after you’ve broken a sweat, I promise. 

Work it to the Max? Hmm…

High intensity interval training. Extreme training. CrossFit WODs and AMRAPS. “Push it as hard as you can” has once again become a battle cry in sport and fitness facilities across the globe. But is this really the best approach to fitness? Check out my recently published article at Chron.com to read more about maximum heart rate training. 

Grim Determination

Every January I’m enraged by the bevy of “diet and weight loss” products that flood the market. Read and understand: DIETS DON’T WORK. The “weight loss industry” WANTS you to fail so that they have another repeat customer for life. Enough is enough! Read on and break free! 

Data

We are designed to move, not to sit. Each time I see survey results like those made public by the CDC earlier this week, I think about how our culture places such a high value on staying parked on our posteriors (in case you’re wondering, I work at a “standing” desk). Can we re-engineer our lives to put a higher priority on physical activity? We’re certainly struggling against a powerful tide, immersed as we are in what has been termed an “obesigenic” culture. Swimming against the currents of daily commutes of ever-increasing length and duration, ceaseless advertising for over sized portions of high calorie foods and beverages, and endless exhortations to sit while passively consuming “screen” media may seem impossible…but heck, if salmon can jump UP waterfalls, I think we can find creative ways to sit less and move more. Now get outside and play!

Balance in All Things

Our ability to maintain balance is nothing short of amazing. Our brains must seamlessly integrate information from our eyes, our ears, and the tiny stretch receptors in all of our muscles, tendons, and joints just to keep us from falling over. We take this ability for granted until it fails us in circumstances such as motion sickness or dizziness related to blood pressure fluctuations. Let 2014 be a year of balance appreciation for us! Train your vestibular (balancing) system daily for a lifetime of optimal performance. Check out this short YouTube video here, and enjoy the equilibrium!

Ring Out the Old

Look back over the last year. Are you where you hoped to be? What has changed? For the better? For the worse? Acknowledge that negative things happened, but don’t dwell on them…let them go. Next year will be better, and it is almost here! 

Interested in tracking your caloric expenditure? There are a number of different products on the market these days, but know this: not all of them have been independently verified. While I am not specifically endorsing this brand, if you are curious follow this link to Bodymedia, which is the manufacturer of one of the most heavily used gadgets by exercise scientists in the United States. 

Interested in tracking your caloric intake? Until Purdue University polishes up TADA, consider using  the smartphone app from SparkPeople.com, a user-supported site which I respect for their grass-roots approach to helping people stay motivated. 

And above all, keep yourself healthy mentally and physically. Give yourself more praise than blame this year. Now go outside and play!

At Last

Yoga. You know you want to. Classes start January 3rd, 2014.

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Wrapping Up The Year in a Big Red Bow

2013 has been one heckuva ride. I’m so thankful to have the kindness and support of a wide community made up of friends, family, students and co-workers. The new year is bringing some major challenges, but I know that we can rise up to meet them. Stay active, stay healthy, and express your love every day. 

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