Old Dog. New Tricks. Young Brain.

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It used to take her weeks, now it is often only a couple of sets. The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is not true.  But let’s be honest: a young dog learns things faster than an old dog. Some of that slowdown is biological as there are certain ages at which […]

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, […]

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Fly Funtensity Airlines

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Exit row seats and emotional service animals gave me an idea for a new airline. On a recent flight, I had an exit row seat. You likely know what this means: the flight attendant will issue the usual statement that you must be willing and able to perform the duties required of an exit row […]

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 – […]

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It Turns Out, Exercise Does Not Make You Smarter

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Exercise enhances brain function.  So it makes you smarter, right?  Well… “Exercise doesn’t make you smarter…it just makes you normal.”  This great quote from John Medina in Brain Rules illustrates the essential role that physical activity plays in maintaining a minimally sharp mind. Your brain is best at solving problems related to surviving in an […]

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Human Animal or Human Vegetable?

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Which are you? Humans are animals – mammals – that’s for sure.  But what happens if we stop moving? Labor-saving, energy-saving, effort-saving, attention-grabbing technology has transformed the way we spend our daily lives in the last century. But we are born to move.  Without a need for activity that is directly related to survival on a […]