Still Not Optional

That may seem like a fairly obvious statement to you, but that truth does not often find its way into practice for far too many of us in the second half of life. Even if it sounds like a principle you already embrace, I encourage you to read on; there is still something in this article for you.

During my years of health coaching I realized how many people over 50 who lay claim to being healthy believe that ...

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Putting The “Whole” Back In Holistic

I constantly seek out information and discussions where the subject is having a more successful life. Setting aside the definition of “successful” for a moment, most of those discussions actually focus on either the perceived experience of life (a.k.a., mental, emotional, spiritual health), or the practical experience (physical health), but in both cases the unexpressed presumption is that if you fix one, you’ll fix the other. After all, can it be successful without both?

Among the “experts” on the ...

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Insights For Quality Of Life

This post was inspired by a recent article that I’m sure many of you saw. It documented the fact that people who underwent gastric bypass or other medical weight-loss procedures were more likely post-op to become suicidal. By the end of this post you’ll have a better idea of why that is than the author of that article.

The article reminded me of an important message that I would like to get out to anyone pursuing a better experience ...

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The Death Of Fitness

Can you easily and accurately define the word “fitness”. If you are currently paying for fitness products or services—as in, a member of a health club or gym, getting coaching in groups or privately, fitness video programs, etc.—please realize exactly what you’re buying.

Fitness providers will happily claim to offer whatever you think fitness is (sadly, there are almost as many different versions of it as there are people). In other words, fitness has become a catch-all word for anything that ...

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Being Coachable

Anyone who has ever toyed with the notion of hiring a coach for some aspect of their life where they feel stuck is probably already aware that a personal level of guidance is pretty hard to beat. Books and other how-to manuals can be great, but information alone rarely gets to the root of what’s holding you back. For a huge number of people, coaching from someone who has already experienced growth in the area that you want ...
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Are You Fit, Or Are You Healthy?

Are you surprised by the question? Believe it or not, it’s hard to be both; so hard that it rarely happens in modern life.

These are all good questions to ask (especially that last one). Most of you know that I have an aversion to the word “fitness”, and rarely use it. You have no doubt noticed that the word is used to describe anything from bodybuilding to weight-loss. In short, the word has little real meaning. Plus, the ...

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Health Or Longevity

Health and longevity are the same thing; what determines what you call it is when in life it occurs to you.

I always marvel a little at someone who claims to specialize in longevity; wondering to myself how they consider themselves different from someone who specializes in health. Yet it is significant that the strategies they recommend are very different from strategies that are presented by health experts. Which only proves that one of them is more clear than the ...

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On Your Way To….

Have you noticed? The national conversation on health isn’t about health at all, it’s about whatever health benefits one may accidentally encounter only as they occur on the way to other pursuits, like losing weight…or sports performance…or pumping up your muscles…or medical procedures…or running farther…or looking good…or any of several other non-health subjects.

Go to any web site that aggregates health news, or simply search “health” on Google, and the predominant theme that pops up is weight loss rather than ...

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8 Beliefs You Need To Give Up To Be Healthier

Here is a great “beliefs pledge” that would be the perfect place to start for anyone wanting to distance themselves from a predictable death.

Please repeat after me:

“If I intend to be healthier, I acknowledge my need to surrender the following:

  1. My belief that the way someone looks is a reliable indication of their health (including myself)
  2. My belief that any valuable information can be found on the readout of my bathroom scale
  3. My belief that I need to be a champion, or even ...
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Is Competition Healthy?

Lost fact: competition and health are not the same thing.

Yet, we act as if they are. As adults, we mostly believe that if we’re competing in an athletic contest, we’re also getting healthier.

It is absolutely true that competing causes most of us to work harder than we otherwise would. And to work harder at something physical, and something that moves us generally in the direction of better conditioning (a requirement of health), appears on the surface to be a good ...

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