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Limited flexibility options

Limited flexibility options

When limited flexibility stops you from doing an exercise, you have a choice to make. Either: For the third option, I’d expect an argument that would make Christopher Hitchens pale in comparison. Which doesn’t mean there aren’t any. But still. If the limited flexibility stops you from doing a particular exercise but has zero effect on your life outside of training, and improving that flexibility doesn’t align with your long-term health and training goals, pick the second option. For any…

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Expensive problem

Expensive problem

The immediate short-term cost of skipping workouts or making poor food choices is insignificant. And we tend to ignore the long-term costs because it’s not tangible. That, and we’re notoriously bad at long-term thinking. One way to get a glimpse into the long-term costs is to observe folks who are 20, 30, or 40 years of your senior. Look at people who’ve ignored their health and fitness most of their life. And compare them to people who haven’t. -J

You can’t eliminate injuries

You can’t eliminate injuries

But you can reduce the risk of getting injured. And mostly it’s about doing the same things as you’d do to improve your health: Strength training, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, a nutrient-dense diet, and sleep. There are other things, but they barely move the needle unless those five are dialled in. -J

The older you get

The older you get

The more attention your pre-workout warm-ups deserve. It’s an obvious one, but it’s easy to half-bake the warm-up when you just need to get the workout itself over and done with. But the warm-up serves a purpose beyond just getting, well, warmed up. There’s more to it than just increasing the muscle and joint temperature to avoid strains and other annoying things. You’re also preparing the nervous system for the workout. And ideally, the warm-up acts like a practice round…

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We have a choice

We have a choice

Venting about what’s wrong with the world has its place. We all need to occasionally let our misery steam evaporate into the ether. But as much of a relief as it can feel in the moment, that feeling doesn’t last. Venting our frustrations just for the sake of venting doesn’t solve anything. Worse, negativity kills our creativity and enthusiasm. And it’s like napalm for our well-being and health. The antidote to negativity is gratitude. And it’s within everyone’s reach. Negative…

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Thought experiment

Thought experiment

Here’s a thought experiment to dig deep into your reasons and motivations for training. If you could take a red pill that gives you all the exact same benefits as training, with zero negative side effects, would you take it?  You’d be nuts not to, right? But that’s not the right question. The right question is, after taking the pill, would you still keep training? Even if the training itself wouldn’t give you any additional physical or psychological benefits. None…

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Variety in exercise selection

Variety in exercise selection

The only reason for an exercise to be in your program is the benefit you get from doing it. Getting clear on what you’re trying to achieve with each exercise opens the door to variety. Because there rarely is just one specific exercise that gives you the benefits you’re looking to get. Sure, there might be some that are more effective or more efficient at getting those benefits. But unless you’re a robot, or a high-level athlete who needs to…

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Weekly meal planning. Sigh.

Weekly meal planning. Sigh.

When it comes to food, the trainer in me thinks nutrients first, convenience second and flavour third. But, I can’t get away with eating beans, spinach and chilli seven days a week. For a few very good reasons. First, my wife’s a chef by trade. She thrives on variety, flavours, texture, and all that. (And after 15 years, I admit that she’s onto something.) Two, kids don’t love chilli. If it’d be up to them we’d be eating pasta, tomato…

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5-Minute Movement And Health Self-Appraisal

5-Minute Movement And Health Self-Appraisal

There are certain aspects of health and fitness that tend to get less focus than they deserve. With that in mind, I created a quick movement and health checklist for you to run through at home. It’ll take around five minutes and you don’t need any equipment to get it done. Some of it is stuff that you’re well aware of, and some might be new to you. I wanted to make it simple, quick and somewhat effortless to complete….

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