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Priorities. Or, that little nagging voice inside your head--telling you what you should be doing instead of what you want to do.   Why is it so hard?   What is it about knowing that it would be better for ourselves if we: Ate good food  Exercised Went to bed on time Laid off so much social media Let's be honest, we all know what we need to do.  Often we even know how to do it.   So where is the disconnect?   James Clear writes in Atomic Habits that to create habit change, we need to basically take action before we take...

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Assess Where You Are   I was in Boy Scouts.  For a week every summer between the years of 1985 and 1989 our troop would head up to Lost Lake Scout Reservation in Clare, Michigan. It was a great spot.  Series of small campsites (we slept in tents) built around an awesome lake with a couple of buildings (mess hall, camp store, etc…) During the week, we all took classes to earn merit badges.  These were great opportunities to learn a number of skills that I still use today. I learned: Shooting Knot Tying First Aid Rescue swimming Axemanship Wilderness...

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                                                                                Weighted Vest vs. Ruck               A lot of people have taken to walking or hiking with a weighted vest or Ruck as source of beginning, continuing or enhancing their fitness program during the shut down.  It’s an outstanding choice and I’m about to go into detail as to why. The question is though—which is better? Vest or Ruck? My question to you then becomes: What are you training for?   General Fitness Event (Like a Goruck or a distance hike)   In the case of General Fitness, my choice would be the weighted vest.  Here’s why More evenly distributed...

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  Surprise! I know, weird coming from a Fitness Professional, but yes, exercise is an outstanding way to add some mojo to your natural defenses.    But…not in the way you might think.  You need to move, but more is definitely NOT better in this case. 45-60 minutes (including warm, high effort and cool down) is plenty.  Also, lower your intensity. In the high intensity world of CrossFit and or HIIT workouts, we count on hard effort to drive a result.  Now is the time to pull back a bit and lower your intensity.  This is as simple as moving...

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“More is not better.  Better is better.”   I have heard this statement offered more times than I can count.  It is so simple and direct, that it almost doesn’t seem true.  What does it mean? Simply this:  Quality over quantity. It’s easy to believe that the “more I exercise, the more weight I will lose / get stronger/ faster…” Science proves that this simply is not the case.  Further, as a busy individual with: Job Family Hobbies A Life Exercise sessions need to accomplish a lot in a short period of time.  Per this study, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2327335  Sessions as short...

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