Aging Gracefully? Uh-uh.

Aging gracefully? What the hell is that, anyway? I’m sure it’s a phrase you’ve heard many times—often from so-called experts on aging, but just ask yourself what “aging gracefully” really means. I still don’t know. But I have to ask, “how does a phrase like that inform how a person thinks, acts, and chooses a lifestyle?” When I asked myself that question, I can’t come up with anything empowering on any level. The message I get from “aging ...

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Reinventing Age

And, by different, I mean better. That’s probably not something you hear often.

In this section I want to point out 2 attitudes that are destructive to the quality of life for those over 50: 1) those in that age group exaggerate the negative effects of aging (physical, cognitive, cultural, etc.) and 2) those in that age group ignore the distinct advantages (experience, wisdom, focus, empathy, etc.). Those are all just choices, and in changing them, we reinvent the ...

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A Big Picture, Not A Big Job

I often refer to ancient periods in our history to find cues as to how early humans thrived. We know they thrived because of the physical hardships they endured to continue the species to the next generation, which provided for us being here today. This is the basic premise upon which the popularized “primal” and “paleo” movements are based. I’m not going to align myself with either of those labels (though I largely support the work) because of the inevitable ...

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Formulas Don’t Create Greatness

Greatness is a great word to describe what we’re after here. And especially relevant to those in the 2nd half of life because we’ve tried the safe route of career paths and can’t-miss plans and logical no-risk options, and we know they don’t lead to anywhere near greatness. They may lead to security, some money, a little respect, but there’s no game-changers in that mix.

The above statement is why I ...

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The Limits Of Health

I have a message for anyone whose mission it is to become healthier: aim higher.

Humans appear to be a very complex species, but most of the apparent complexity can be sorted out when we just zoom out and look at the issues from a higher level. If there wasn’t a work-around to the massive complexity of human life we would have never survived as a species.

Most of you in the primal / paleo world have figured out by now ...

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Where Sage-ness Begins

By now most of you know that a large chunk of my life has been devoted to the field fitness and health coaching. The first thing I want to say about that is, “isn’t it sad that I have to use 2 words to describe it?” After all, does anyone ever consciously seek just one without the other? In fact, the only way to have one without the other is to have an inaccurate definition of both of them. Accurately ...

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The Obesity Paradox Explained

By now many of you have heard, or perhaps even read, about the “obesity paradox”. This is the notion that results from data suggesting that diverse populations of slightly overweight and even obese individuals—analyzed through many different studies—often have a mortality risk that is equal to, or in some case, less than thin people.

Then came an article by Harriet Brown, a champion of the “Health At Every Size” movement, that concludes, to no one’s surprise, that ...

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A Mild Case Of Dead

There are multiple ways that a passive approach to life will compromise the quality of it; your real life—the one that is measured by your enthusiasm for the day and your contribution to the world, not the one that is measured by the presence of a heartbeat.

Until we face this very real fact, we’ll continue to allow more compromises into the quality of our real life than is necessary, and of which we’re even aware. One of the things that ...

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Making Life Easy

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”  – Stephen Hawking

We all want to win at the game of life. And we all know what that looks like: a nice blend of qualities that includes health, wealth, relationships, happiness, purpose, etc. Yet, practically none of us feel that there are enough hours in a day—or even a year—to produce significant results in all of those. So, we prioritize. While that all sounds good in ...

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