Sleep Strategies For Success

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According to National Geographic’s 2014 documentary, Sleepless In America, the average American sleeps just 6.5 hours each night, with 40% of all U.S. adults sleeping less than 6 hours per night, and many more getting less than 5 hours throughout the week—this despite The National Sleep Foundation’s recommendation of at least 7-9 hours per night for adults.

What does this data imply for our overall health and well-being as a society?

Well, being chronically sleep deprived can lead to a whole host of problems for us—cognitively, behaviorally, and metabolically.

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The Perfect Workout

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Most people have absolutely no clue whatsoever about how they should go about designing their training sessions.

They walk into the gym and immediately head over to the free weights or machines – without warming up – and dive in, head first, into an incredibly inefficient training session; and, in most cases I observe, a workout that usually does more harm to their bodies than good.

This is because not only are they performing exercises incorrectly, with bad form and/or in the wrong sequences, but they are also just focusing on one aspect of a training session: lifting.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Healthy

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I’ve been lifting weights now for almost 20 years; and I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise science for just about the same amount of time.

One of the many mistakes I made when first starting out as a personal trainer 8 years ago was that I often gave new clients too much, too soon.

I would forget that not everyone was like me; and while this stuff might have come easy to me over the years, for most people it was complicated and extremely challenging, especially later in life – and even more so if they were severely overweight.

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Know Thyself

 

socratesWho am I?

What is my purpose?

What is the meaning of life? 

Humans have been asking these questions for centuries.

I personally struggle with them on a daily basis, and have done so for quite some time.

Knowledge of self, or self actualization, is defined as the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.

In philosophy, it’s considered the highest of all human needs.

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Morning Rituals For Success

057How many people do you know (including yourself) that actually enjoy living?

Seriously.

Think about this.

How many people do you know that greet you with a warm smile and make eye contact?

How many folks do you come across that ask about your day, and actually listen to what you are saying?

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A Renaissance Man’s Guide To Reading

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. –Oscar Wilde

We have officially begun the second half of 2016, and I have just started reading my fourteenth book of the year.

If you know me or have been following my blog, you know that reading is one of my greatest passions.

I was an avid reader as a child, but, like many people, I fell out of the habit in my early twenties.

I few years ago, I made it a goal of mine to read at least two books per month as a way to spur me back into action.

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Every Book I Read This Year

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I had one New Year’s resolution in 2015, and it was to read 2 books a month for all 12 months.

I am pleased to say that not only did I accomplish this task, but I totally murdered it!

As I type this post, just 3 days away from the new year, I am currently half way through my 28th book!

I can honestly say that this experience has been life changing, and I will undoubtedly continue this hobby through 2016, and beyond.

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Attention Deficit Training

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“Jack of all trades, master of none.”

Unfortunately, in this day and age of the internet and information overload, this phrase is beginning to apply to more and more people – especially when it comes to training.

Everyone wants to have and do it all.

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Blue Collar

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The world is an unfair place.

Time after time, it would seem that those at the top are given all the breaks; while those at the bottom work harder than ever just to make ends meet.

Over the last 30 years, the top 1% of all households has secured a very large share of all the gains in income: 60%; while the top 0.1% has secured an even more disproportionate share: 36% of all new income.

Only 8.6% of income gains have gone to the bottom 90% over the last 30 years. 

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Lose Your Religion

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“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” ~ Michelangelo 

Let that sink in.

Now, read it again.

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