Change is Hard Unless It is Easy

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The “facts” of fitness aren’t hard to figure out.  The “how” is relatively easy to access.  It’s available in countless books, websites, and apps.  But it’s long, hard, and boring. So a lot of people struggle. The perception that to get in shape, you have to give up everything that tastes good and is fun, […]

The Secret to Getting in Shape? You can’t

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“I need to get in shape.”  Good. I’ve got the secret for you.  Stop trying. You can’t “get in shape.” Because you don’t care about getting in shape.  To help you care, you don’t need an answer, but rather a question – or three. What does “get in shape” look like and feel like to […]

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The Great Halloween Problem Solved!

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I love this time of year.  How could you not?  Crisp fall air, changing leaves, and Halloween on the way.  It’s the only time of year that it is acceptable to decorate with skulls and play heavy music!  It’s so much fun. When I began my fitness career, I really struggled with Halloween.  It is […]

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Brain-jacking

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Taste has by far the most direct connection to your body’s reward system. It is hardwired to brain cells that respond to pleasure and prompts the strongest emotional response. Funtensity is about using our ever-growing understanding of the brain to live lives where what we enjoy is also what is good for us and what […]

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Sleep Like an Elephant; Look Like an Elephant

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Elephants need only 3-4 hours of sleep a night, while mice sleep 14 hours.  Humans are somewhere in the middle, but some of us push it and try to get by on “elephant sleep.”  Funtensity is about optimal brain function now and brain fitness later. And sleep is an essential part of achieving that. The […]

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Do You Worry Too Little?

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Many people worry a lot, but do you worry too little? As it turns out, the “don’t worry, be happy” people tend to die earlier.  Conscientious people live longer. In looking at a group of people that were followed for 80 years, this is the conclusion drawn from the data by Leslie Martin and Howard […]

Are you a Toe-Dipper?

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Do you often have an all-or-nothing approach to fitness?  Does this keep you moving forward and backward – never really making any real and lasting progress.  It could be that you’re not following your own instincts about how best to try new challenges. We are all familiar with many of the popular motivational slogans such […]

Fungevity – It’s like longevity for your fun

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What’s your Fungevity?     “Wait, what is fungevity?” While we were both speaking at an event, I had a conversation with Tony Horton – creator of P90X – and without realizing it, he dropped a bombshell on me. We were discussing the common reasons people say they exercise.  One of which is to live longer – […]

Do You Suffer from AMS – Acute Motion Starvation?

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Do you suffer from Acute Motion Starvation? Many people are unaware that they do.  Do you have any of the following symptoms? Your body hurts in one or more places with no real reason (no pathology or other injury) You work out 2-3 days a week but don’t move too much apart from the workouts Your […]

The Goal You Never Knew You Had

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There is one goal I have heard more than any other, but… It is almost never the first, or even the second, goal people mention. Every trainer-client relationship begins with some version of “What are your goals?”  And now that I have been working in fitness for 20 years, I have reflected on what really […]