How to Embrace your Inner Procrastinator
Mindset

How to Embrace your Inner Procrastinator

There has been lots of of research and observations regarding the nature of procrastination, and with good reason. We have all done this in all sorts of areas of our lives.  In particular, when it comes to starting up a new exercise program, it can feel a bit like deciding to climb Mt. Everest without…

Breathing 101:  Helpful Hints
Exercise Basics | Mindset

Breathing 101: Helpful Hints

Every once in awhile, you may hear or read that you can lose weight just by breathing. Wow! Who wouldn’t want to sign up for that one? But, as you might expect, there are some qualifications that make it not exactly too good to be true. As it turns out, if you are breathing more…

Was Joe Pilates a Control Freak?
Mindset | Movement

Was Joe Pilates a Control Freak?

For those of you who don’t know about Joe Pilates, he is the guy who came up with the Pilates method of exercise back in the early 1900’s. Joe Pilates started out with asthma and rickets but refused to go through life with physical limitations. He developed a way to reeducate his muscles and movements,…

Have You Ever Heard of or Experienced Health Shaming?
Mindset

Have You Ever Heard of or Experienced Health Shaming?

I had never seen this term before, and doubt if it is in our normal vernacular, but I think it should be. Perhaps you have never seen this either, primarily because it can be very subtle and pervasive. What is it? “Health Shaming” is a term that I saw used in a recent article by…

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 hardest), how hard is it for you to change a habit?
Mindset

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 hardest), how hard is it for you to change a habit?

Another question: What was the first habit you thought of when I asked you that? Was it something big like “I’d like to stop eating so much and lose 20 pounds”, or something a bit more pedantic, like “I’d like to spend less time checking my email”. Either way, when faced with habit change, I…

What we can learn from “The Case of the Missing Pounds”
Mindset

What we can learn from “The Case of the Missing Pounds”

In their fascinating book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, brothers Chip and Dan Heath extol the merits of making changes bit by bit in order to get lasting results. Again and again they bring up examples of how this can be a very effective way to change. What I want to…