Age, Minus The Number

How do we make sense out of the observation that humans decline in the capacity for life-engagement faster and farther than what is ideal and possible given our state of knowledge on the subject. I’m on a mission to unravel this curiosity, and create ideas and environments that supports maximizing quality of life beyond 50. The goal of course is to provide that ultimate road map for maximum, not merely acceptable, “aliveness” for as long as our lives ...

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Which Longevity Did You Choose?

When the conversation is about health and how to improve it, we can inadvertently cheapen the concept of health if we don’t expect that one of the outcomes will also be longevity. But if our strategy for health—indeed our entire concept of it—consists mainly of engaging with the medical community, we have just turned our backs on the purest form of health there is, along with the most powerful path to quality longevity.

Barring some very specific ...

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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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Sage Street In 20 Seconds

I was asked the other day for the Sage Street “elevator pitch”. That’s a term that probably doesn’t get used much anymore, but I’ve always liked the concept: the ability to accurately articulate your purpose in 20 seconds or less. Going through the exercise of creating that speech really causes you to think about the essence of what you’re offering. When I was asked to describe what Sage Street is, I realized I had never gone through that ...

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You know How To Sing

There was a time in your life when you sang full-throated and loudly, with no self-consciousness or concern for whether you “knew how” or not. You may have only been 4 or 5, but it was still you. The only reason you now don’t sing, do it badly, or even think you can’t, is because someone in your past suggested to you that it was hard, rare, only for the talented, etc., and it caused you to think ...

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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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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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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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“Sage Street” Is Born

At first, I wasn’t sure if I needed to say anything, and instead just let the newer posts speak for themselves. But then it occurred to me that there are some very good reasons to let you all know about the changes taking place in my writing. The time has come for me to declare a shift in my focus after all these years.

The seeds of this new focus began to incubate over 2 years ago (“What?! 2 years?!” Sorry, ...

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