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For the Children

Did you have to be in your own yard when the street lights came on? Well, I did. It was that almost forgotten era when instead of being driven to practice like my own children were and still are; we would simply slip away from the dinner table and take over a corner of the neighborhood. Maybe twenty or so kids of all ages would play kick the can or hide and go seek until the street light sent us home and to bed tired and happy.

These days children are involved in organized sports at a younger and younger age. One of my daughters is a gymnastics coach. She entered the sport when she was only three. When we moved her to a gym that has trained some Olympians she was considered lucky to...

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Changing Country, Changing Lives

I seldom give billboards any conscience thought but one did recently catch my attention. It said the top ten jobs in 2015 don’t exist today. Usually the thought of such significant change in so short a time period would have more of an impact. But today with the economic turmoil and an historic election on the horizon change is the norm. I’m not an expert on economics or politics but I have opinions like everyone else. Joe the plumber/Pam the trainer. We’re thinking, weighing the impact of world events on our immediate lives.

On a different level my profession is all about change. Take someone overweight and help them get lean. Take someone injured and help them get stronger. Slow to fast, stiff to limber…you get...

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The Parents Made Me Do It

I taught two fitness classes in the early am today. As I'm shuffling myself from a cycle to yoga it begins to pour. At that moment, I notice that my seat belt isn't fastened and as always I think of my mother, who didn't believe in seat belts and refused to wear them; during my impressionable years, no less. Yes, my mom has been dead for almost ten years now but, when I neglect my own safety, there is a part of my mind that is blaming my mother. Then I sigh, because I am a mother, and I wonder what I'll be on the hook for years from now.

It's not rational or charitable to blame her, I realize, but there it is. She had a fear that she'd be trapped in a car after an accident and be unable to get her seat belt open. She was also part...

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Priorities

Oswald Chambers is one of my favorite authors. Put me on an island with the proverbial two books and My Utmost for His Highest would be one of them. I even like the word utmost. It implies draining every bit of energy you have for a worthy goal.In our society many, many people are draining every bit of their energy but sometimes I question the goal that compels them to do so. Stephen Covey made the notion of being sure you are leaning your ladder against the right wall a commonly understood concept. But understanding it and practicing it are really two different things.

I’ve recently had a shift in the amount of time I spend working and the amount of time I spend with my family. I know getting that...

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Holiday Fitness Challenge

I think Halloween was announced in the stores sometime in July. Seems the holidays are upon us and with them challenges to staying active and lean. Sometimes setting a fitness goal within the parameters of a time limit helps people stay consistent. The most common attempt is the New Year’s resolution. But why not go against the stream? We’re sitting about eleven weeks out from New Year's when everyone else will start to focus on weight loss and fitness goals. Wouldn’t it be great to have already reached your goals by New Year’s Eve?

Consider having a holiday fitness challenge. Pick two holidays and see what you can accomplish between them. Last year we made such a contest available at Blue...

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What Do You Think?

“As a man thinks in his heart so is he.”

Crum et al (2007) showed that this Biblical principle applies to weight loss and fitness. Eight-four women who clean hotel rooms for a living were divided into two groups. One served as the control group while the other was told (falsely) that their occupation fulfilled the Surgeon General’s standard for an active life. Behaviors did not change between the two groups but the latter were given examples of how their work was the equivalent to significant exercise. These women began to believe that they were now athletic. Their bodies responded by losing weight, lowering body fat, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing...

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