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April 10, 2019

10. Keep workout gear in your face. Have a kettlebell, resistance bands, a dumbbell or two, a pull-up bar, and/or a suspension trainer in your home or office so you’re more tempted to use them.

Pro tip: Do “trigger training”: Leave the gear in various places throughout your house, and whenever you pass one of them, do a few reps.  Over the day this adds up quick...

April 4, 2019

1. Have an athlete-friendly meal delivery subscription. Someone else will cook a meal that you know is healthy and bring it right to you.

Pro tip: Look for a service that offers meals for athletes — they’ll offer double the lean protein (30-40 g) along with fibrous veggies like salad, steamed beans or broccoli.

2. Keep the ice cream, cookies, and chocolates out o...

March 28, 2019

Shape your environment and your body will follow.  Being able to memorize carb grams, or calorie tables, or the names of exotic superfoods doesn’t often change what we eat when it’s time for a hurried breakfast or a got-home-late-from-work dinner.

Those particular eating decisions have more to do with what’s (and who’s) around us — our environment.

We follow patt...

April 10, 2018

Exercise is a stressor. Usually a good one. But a stressor nonetheless. If you exercise intensely and/or often, you add stress to a body that may already be stressed from other life stuff like work, relationships, travel, late nights, etc.

This isn’t a bad thing. Exercise can indeed help relieve stress. But in terms of a physical demand, we still need to help ou...

March 13, 2018

My sport of choice is long distance triathlon, but after a fractured femur a few years ago I decided to take a break from the long distance endurance training.  Two summers ago, however, I thought it would be fun to participate in a half ironman in my home state of Ohio. The race was in August so I knew it would be extremely hot and humid. I also knew my wave w...