When Being Healthy Becomes Unhealthy

When do healthy behaviors become unhealthy? Find out in this article.

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One Daily Practice To Immediately Improve Your Life

I want to talk briefly about an often overlooked daily activity. Like many things, we get busy in the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day and forget to pause and reflect. I want to talk to you about the power of gratitude. Today, after a headache of a morning that included getting stuck in construction traffic,…

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Abstaining From Moderation

[Article originally published in Breaking Muscle] Business and self-development coaches will often tell you that the secret to success is to focus on your strengths, while either outsourcing your weaknesses or becoming just good enough at them not to mess everything up. This approach allows you to avoid spinning your wheels doing the tasks you…

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Need to power through a workout? Crank up the tunes.

If you’re having trouble getting yourself to the gym to workout, or find yourself getting really bored while you exercise, then putting together an awesome playlist of your favorite music can help. Listening to music while exercising has been shown to improve exercise performance and adherence.[1,2] This performance enhancing effect is likely caused by a…

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Quit Overeating By Defining Your Happiness

[Article originally published on breakingmuscle.com] How can you differentiate between fulfillment and instant-gratification? How can you use this knowledge to avoid binge-eating and begin to accomplish all the goals you set for yourself? In this video, Mark Zarate and I discuss what happiness actually is, and how most people confuse true “happiness” with the almighty…

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Which Should You Do First: Cardio or Weights?

You’ve started a new fitness program, and this new program calls for both cardio and weight training. You don’t want to spend every day at the gym, so you decide to stack some of the weight and cardio workouts on the same days. If you are going to perform both in the same workout then…

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How To Convert Your Loved Ones To A Healthy Lifestyle

What is the single biggest risk factor for being overweight? Being surrounded by other overweight people. This includes friends, family members, and spouses. In fact, the strength of this “social network” risk factor is in that particular order—with an increase in the likelihood of being overweight by 57%, 40%, and 37%, respectively.1 How many times…

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So, You Hate Your Workouts? Here’s How To Beat The Dread of Starting Them. [Podcast]

If you often find yourself procrastinating to start your workouts, to the point of not doing it at all, then this podcast is for you. In this episode I discuss a concept called “affective forecasting” – predicting our future emotional states as a result of participating in some future activity. As it turns out, we’re…

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Have Lofty Career Goals? Fitness Can Get You There Faster

Exercise is good for more than just improving your health and your waistline. In fact, regular exercise is what’s known as a “keystone habit,” meaning the benefits extend far beyond the physical ones. Exercise has been shown to improve mood and brain power too.1,2 In addition to the physical and mental benefits of exercise, did you…

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[Podcast] Why You’re Hardwired To Avoid Change – And How To Fix It.

“Change is the only constant.” – Heraclitus Have you ever realized how hard it is to make better food choices and adopt a regular exercise routine? You aren’t alone. In order to effectively grow and reach your goals, you will have to adopt behaviors and do things you don’t normally do—much of which will be…

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What Does Your Sweat Say About Your Workout?

Many people feel that they need to be dripping in sweat after their workout in order for it to be effective. The truth is, how much you sweat is not an accurate predictor of how many calories you’ve burned during your workout. What’s the deal with sweat anyways? Why do we sweat in the first…

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Optimize Your Hormones For Better Weight Loss

Hormones play undeniably important roles in the daily functions of our body. However, poor diet and lack of exercise can alter the effects of these hormones, stealing the precious, beneficial effects we get from them. The good news is this: even though a bad diet and no exercise can negatively affect the function of hormones…

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[Podcast] Increase Motivation and Adherence With Morning Workouts

I was stuck in the car on the way to Toronto this past weekend, and with no service on my phone I thought what better way to spend my time then record some new content! Let me start by saying that any time you can complete your workouts is going to be beneficial. If you…

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