My First Post on LiveStrong.com! 5 Things You Need to Build an Affordable Home Gym

I’m excited to announce that I’ve joined the contributor team at LiveStrong.com. Sharing what I’ve learned over the course of my journey into better health, fitness, and all around happiness has allowed me to connect with a lot of great like-minded people, and I look forward to reaching even more. I’ve heard a few people […]

Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright: How to Reduce Stress by Looking Ahead

First off, I’d like to mention that the inspiration from this post came from a great little book by Dr. Richard Carlson called “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff”. It’s a quick read with a lot of great, easy to digest points and suggestions for reducing stress and finding a more balanced […]

For Your Health: Don’t Die of Confusion

The latest season of the sometimes-all-too-accurate spoof series Portlandia kicked off with a humorous (and, once again, all-too-accurate) portrayal of a ghostly couple who—because they were so mixed up about health related issues—died of confusion. The depiction of this contradictory couple (“Sitting kills. It takes years off your life to sit. I read it in […]

What Makes a Good New Year’s Resolution and How Do You Make it Stick?

Whenever the holiday season rolls around, people tend to start making claims about the upcoming year. As she loads up on a third serving of turkey and potatoes, Aunt Carol says that she’s going to lose weight. A dishwasher working on Christmas Eve exclaims that in the oncoming year he’s going to land the job […]

Reigning in Control Over Your Body Part III: Food is Fuel, Not Filler

Two posts ago I discussed the benefits of improving and maintaining one’s physical health. Last week I delved into the exercise aspect of this process. Now it’s time to finish up this crash-course on health and fitness with a few words on eating habits.   I ate a lot of crap when I was young. […]

Reigning in Control Over Your Body Part II: Brick by Brick

In my last post I wrote a bit about the importance of improving and maintaining one’s health, so now let’s take a look at how it can be done. This time I will focus primarily on the exercise aspect of things, so keep an eye open for another post on how to eat well. Improving […]

Developing Willpower: Denying Yourself Superfluities in Order to Allow Your True Self

There are a number of significant people from throughout history who argue that our sense of will is a rather important thing. To quote just a few: “The education of the will is the object of our existence.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson “Those that are firm in their will mold the world to themselves.” –Johann von […]

Attaining Happiness: How You Can Use Dissatisfaction as a Tool for Finding Balance

Every single person, from the Dali Lama to Dick Cheney (you will probably never again see these two names in the same sentence, so enjoy it), experiences varying degrees of elation and disappointment. For some, life is an easy and content hammock punctuated only by the occasional irritating need to stand up for another beer. […]

Taking the Plunge into Freelance Writing: How it Worked for Me and Can Work for You

  My friends who were perched higher in the tree later told me that, when I fell, it reminded them of the opening scene from Cliffhanger. They watched helplessly from above as I plummeted toward the ground in slow motion, letting out a prolonged shout of surprise that was drawn out like a foghorn, and […]

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