Staying Balanced With That Unstable Mind

imageFalls and fall prevention have been in the news lately and for good reason. Baby-boomers are hitting retirement in droves and falls are still a major cause of hospitilization and death in the 65+ population. A recent New York Times article caught my attention becaues it touched on a subject that was also a feature of the last book I read and wrote about (Thinking, Fast and Slow). In Wichita, Kansas a program called Standing Strong is tackling the falling problem by training both muscles as well as cognition. This is worth thinking about.

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Exercise Advice – The Devil’s In The Details!

Something I have been meaning to write about is the lack of details provided with the exercise advice that can be found in widely distributed channels. A quick search on the internet will turn up thousands of articles with tips for exercise topics like injury prevention, rehabilitation, postural restoration, back pain relief, plateau mitigation, and just about any other goal you can think of. But, many of the most common sites almost always lack the one thing that is key to realizing the full potential of the suggestions – the details! I’ve picked out three common problems and would like to fill in some of these details to show you where the potential lies, and where it is often missed. If you have ever searched the net for exercises because of some nagging issue you are desperate to get solved, read on!  Continue reading

Tunnel Vision in the Gym and WYSIATI

imageI have been reading the book Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. One of the insights I would like to lift from the book and apply to training is what Kahneman has labled the WYSIATI rule. WYSIATI stands for “what you see is all there is” and refers to the idea that the human mind can only deal with what it sees. It does not allow for information it does not have. (1) This rule makes for some interesting problems in fitness. Continue reading

Boxing With Purpose

BoxingBoxing is a popular form of exercise and can be a very challenging cardiovascular and muscular endurance activity. Unfortunately, it is sometimes simply thrown into a routine for fun, without being connected to an overall program. What we want, is to take a couple of fundamental principles from boxing that integrate beautifully into a larger, general fitness picture and apply them smartly to help you raise your game. Continue reading

The Comparison Game

I was in a conversation recently in which an interesting thought about nutrition came up. The question was whether or not  some of the discussions in popular culture around food could be backfiring. Consider the film Super Size Me as an example. There, the star of the film feeds himself exclusively food form McDonald’s for an entire month. This experiment definitely served to make some important points about the dark side of fast food. On the other hand, might it also open the door to saying “well, at least I don’t eat like that guy!” Continue reading

Rows – Three Mistakes To Avoid

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Rows are a basic and hugely important exercise for almost everyone. In today’s world of long hours spent hunched over computers, Ipads, cell phones, Nooks, and so forth our posture suffers greatly. Strengthening the muscles of your back in order to restore and maintain good posture is critical. It is also an exercise that I see being performed incorrectly far more often than not. Here are some tips to get the most out of it. Continue reading

Losing Our Collective Lunch

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I have a client who struggles to find time to get to the gym. Recently, I put together a very simple kettlebell routine for him that could be done in 30 minutes. With a gym right across the street it would be easy for him to squeeze this in during his lunch break. Once back he could eat a packed lunch that he brought at his desk. The problem – he does not take a lunch break. Continue reading