12 days of fitness, Day 3

Beware of the performance trap.

We typically expect that as we get in better shape, our workouts will feel easier. We’ll feel stronger, we’ll get less winded, and we’ll be able to last longer. We’ve all experienced it, and that’s the way it works…right?

BUT, there’s a mistake–and a trap–in this thinking that I want to point out.

A quick personal story: when I was running track in college, I was a reasonable runner, but I had never been able to swim well.…

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12 days of fitness, Day 2

Day 2: Think a little about your goals.

Are the things you want good goals? Will you feel motivated to work to achieve them? Will achieving them actually bring you more happiness and a better life? It’s especially important to think about what you want to be true about your life, and whether the goal you’re setting will actually move you closer to that.…

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12 days of fitness, Day 1

Happy New Year!

It’s the first of the year, and I’m finding myself taking stock of where I am and what I want to improve. Perhaps you are, too. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and maybe hear some of yours.

So I’m calling the first 12 days of January the “12 Days of Fitness,” and I’m planning to write a thought each day that will be brief and helpful.…

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Myth: Gluten-Free Foods Are Healthy

I’ve been wanting to write about this topic for a while, so please let me know what you think.

I’ll start with two myths from an article I just read called 5 Biggest Gluten-free Myths

“Myth: Gluten-free foods are healthy.” The truth is that foods labeled “gluten free” often contain more sugar and carbohydrate than their gluten-containing counterparts.

“Myth: A gluten-free diet will help you lose weight.

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Thought of the week (and video of Seth!)

Seth is now 9 months old. And I have video of his first foray into fitness coaching…below!

But I also have an insight that came up this week…

I lowered a client’s usual weights by 1/3. She commented right away how light the weights felt. But soon she was working every bit as hard as usual. Afterward, she commented in amazement that it felt just as challenging as always…it just took a bit longer to get there.…

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Lessons from Today’s LA Marathon

Today’s LA Marathon has inspired me to explain something that confuses many people I’ve spoken to.

Today’s winner spent over 2 hours laboring to cross the finish line…running 26 miles at a pace of under 5 minutes per mile. It’s an amazing feat.

Also, many not-close-to-world-class-athlete people made it a personal life challenge to complete the marathon. I love stories of people striving to achieve difficult goals…and achieving them.…

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Debunking the Myth that Workouts Burn Calories

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An article in yesterday’s Sunday NYT features a study that dispels the common assumption that doing more activity helps us lose weight.

The common assumption is that people in modern societies are overweight largely because we move around less than people in generations past–and definitely less than in the hunter-gatherer societies from which we evolved.

Researchers tested this assumption by studying actual hunter-gatherers in Northern Tanzania.…

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The New Red Meat Study and the Girl Scout Effect

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You’ve probably heard about the recent study that allegedly shows that eating red meat increases your risk of mortality.

Assuming you’re like me and want to live as long and healthily as possible, if this claim is true we must take action.

But first we must seriously consider whether it is true. How do we evaluate this claim?

It certainly sounds scary: it has prestige (Harvard), it has lots of data (over 120,000 people and over 23,000 deaths), it factored out a long list of other risks (like smoking, alcohol consumption, family history, physical activity levels), and it presents very specific and scary sounding risk percentages (like a 20% increased risk of mortality from one daily serving of processed meat).

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What is the Right Vitamin Supplement Strategy?

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I’ve long been leery of taking or advocating vitamin supplements despite all of the hype surrounding them. AND despite the repeated offers I get to make lots of money by selling the latest “miracle” brand of vitamin supplement to my clients. I always politely turn them down.

I haven’t seen scientific literature that is promising with respect to real-world benefits. And despite common misconception that vitamins at “reasonable doses” are harmless, there is strong data to show that this assumption may be false.…

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Obstacle #2: Solving Your Crazy Busy Problem

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Last time I discussed the obstacle of a too short time horizon. If you missed it, go here.

Today I want to examine a second life issue that often thwarts our fitness desires:

Obstacle #2: You are crazy busy.

Do you work too much, over-commit, and not get enough sleep?

If so, you probably feel exhausted, stressed, and hungry for comfort food.…

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