33 Things The Best Athletes Do That You Probably Don’t

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There are two kinds of people in the world of fitness and athletics: those who succeed and those who don’t, the winners and losers, the achievers and the wannabes. And you can usually spot them from a mile away. Here […]

3 Tips to Maximize The Health Benefits of Red Wine

This morning, I saw a news headline that read, “A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym, says new study – New research reveals skipping the gym in favour of the pub is ok.” (Source here)

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Really? Well, then I’m going to head to my nearest liquor store right now. And it’s a good thing I live in the great state of New Hampshire, where we have no sales tax because I’ll be stocking up like it’s the end of the world.

But wait, the whole thing about drinking red wine being the equivalent to an hour at the gym actually sounds too good to be true, and SURPRISE – it is!

But judging by the number of times this misleading article has been shared, this gives me reason for concern! Those who actually buy into this nonsense and believe that drinking a glass of red wine is equivalent to an hour at the gym certainly haven’t spend an hour training with me at any gym – or anyone else who knows what they’re doing for that matter.

I mean, by that rationale, saying that “a glass of red wine is equivalent to an hour at the gym because it has health benefits” is like saying that “sitting on your butt is a great way to lose weight because it burns calories.”

Keep dreaming, people.

As it turns out, the author of that article either a) misinterpreted the findings of this “new study,” which was actually published three years ago, and/or b) drew some outlandish conclusions from the results of the study, which unfortunately, is standard practice in most health-related journalism.

Note: there’s another possible scenario here. It’s the editor’s fault!

So, let’s get to the bottom of this. Here’s a link to the actual study: Improvements in skeletal muscle strength and cardiac function induced by resveratrol during exercise training contribute to enhanced exercise performance in rats.

You can read the abstract to get the gist of what actually happened, or even the whole paper if you’d like. But let me summarize what the researchers did and what they actually found.
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You Can Lead a Horse to the Gym, But You Can’t Make Him Workout

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As a fitness coach, there’s only so much I can do to help my clients. I can tell them what to do and why it’s important. I can provide an effective plan and strategy that will help them achieve their goals. I can help them narrow down the most important things to focus on. I can help them work through difficult issues that could be hindering them. I can help elicit temporary feelings of motivation. I can help them learn how to be their own coach. And there are many other things that a coach, teacher, or trainer can do to help their clients.

Unfortunately, I can’t do the work for them. No doubt you’ve heard the saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Well, that metaphor is true for a lot of things, and the pursuit of physical fitness is one of them.
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We’re going to carry big rocks up and down one of the White Mountains. You in?

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Note: I’m looking for men to carry big rocks up and down one of the White Mountains in New Hampshire for a day hike this summer. Will you join us – in person, or in spirit?

I am blessed to live in the great state of New Hampshire, where our state motto is “Live Free or Die.” This is indisputably one of the best places to live in the USA. And I’ve grown to love it these past 20 years that I’ve been here.

One of the great things about living here is that we’re just a hop, skip, and a throw away from the majestic White Mountains, which can provide a lifetime of great hiking, and other outdoor adventures.

And this summer, I’ll be leading a hike, of sorts, up the great Mount Moosilauke, which coincidentally, I climbed earlier this summer with some friends who thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail last year.

Now, Moosilauke is not a very tall mountain (4802′), but it is still quite a challenge to climb. I’m not sure what it’s official classification is, but “difficult” sounds about right. In fact, after finishing Mt. Moosilauke, my friends told me that it was the most difficult part of the Appalachian Trail they’d encountered since leaving Georgia (i.e., the most technical and challenging hiking they’d done in nearly 2,000 miles). So, it’s certainly no walk in the park.

And this summer, I’m going to climb it again with some of my friends. Except we’re going to carry big rocks up and down it. I sent some of my buddies these instructions via email last week…

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The Step-by-Step Formula For Succeeding With Your New Year’s Resolutions

How to Use Scientific Principles to Help You Stick with Your New Year’s Resolutions, Goals, and Plans

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Below, you’ll find a blueprint for setting and pursuing your New Year’s resolutions – or any goal, for that matter – since these principles are timeless. So, let me ask you, is your New Year’s Resolution worth a few minutes of your time? Because if you’ve been struggling to achieve your goals and make things happen in your life, then learning these principles of success could be the most important few minutes you spend all year.

I’ve written about New Year’s Resolutions before. So, you may already know how I feel about them. But despite the fact that I don’t set them myself, a lot of people do. And yet, the vast majority of people setting these resolutions fail – a whopping 92% according to a recent study from the University of Scranton. And interestingly enough, most people give up right around this time – a few weeks into January – especially those who set health-related goals like weight loss. But you knew that already.

But why does this happen? Well, here is a brief explanation from the all-knowing Wikipedia…

“The most common reason for participants failing their New Years’ Resolutions was setting themselves unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% didn’t keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 respondents claimed they made too many resolutions.” (Source)

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