From Intimidated to Confident and Capable: The Power of Practicing Strength

I took my first kettlebell class in 2012. I was immediately enthralled by the swing. But like any newbie, my form needed a lot of help. My hips sat too high and my hinge...

Is Certification Worth It?

Education, training, and certification are expensive propositions. Training certifications can last several days and cost well into thousands of dollars—even before adding in the cost of time away from your business and family, transportation...

The emerging field of psychobiotics (Part 3)

  Today in Part 3 of our series on the gut-brain axis, Drs Amy Reichelt and Sarah McKay discuss mind-altering microbes and the emerging field of psychobiotics. The gut microbiome is a key node in the gut-brain axis. Scientists...

Does meditation stress you out? Here’s what I do instead.

Has mindfulness mediation become the latest bandwagon to jump on? Over the past few years I’ve written about mindfulness and meditation numerous times, both on this blog and elsewhere. I’ve read the research on the ‘neuroscience...

The upside of anger.

    We tend to think of our emotions such as anger, sadness or guilt, as something to avoid at all costs. But research finds that negative emotions, anger in particular, also have an upside. Putting your negative...

How Many Calories Do You Burn While Walking?

How many calories do you burn while walking? It’s a simple question, but it inevitably leads to a series of other questions too: Can I lose weight just by walking? Is there a right way to walk?...

5 Quick Tips To Enhance Coach-Athlete Communication

Today, I have a guest post from Brett Bartholomew, an outstanding strength and conditioning coach who has taken a huge interest in the art of "getting through" to athletes. I find the motivation aspect...

Nordstrom’s Winter Sale Means Up to 40% Off Tons of Styles

Nordstrom has only a couple large sales each year and today marks the beginning of their Winter Sale. Nordstrom is taking up to 40% off a boatload of styles for basically the rest of...

What is brain plasticity and why is it so important?

What is brain plasticity and why is it so important? Duncan Banks, The Open University Neuroplasticity – or brain plasticity – is the ability of the brain to modify its connections or re-wire itself. Without this...

Pain-Free Training: How to Prevent Knee, Back, and Shoulder Injuries

You know how some exercises seem almost too intimidating to perform? Chances are, you’re right. Many exercise programs place you — and your body — in positions that leave you vulnerable. That’s not to say you...

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