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A Fresh Take on Living a Balanced Lifestyle

My family and I just returned from Seattle where we attended the funeral for my husband’s grandfather. He was almost 91 and had succumbed to long-time cardiac issues. His memorial service was well attended by folks from all parts of his life: school, career, military, family, church and community.  They shared fond memories and funny stories from the past, trying to comfort one another in their time of grief.

Embrace Your Inner Scientist

 Do you have a trusted source for your health and fitness information? Your physician? A favorite publication? The internet? How do you sort the truth from all the theories, trends and “research” out there? Often the latest health news causes us to “flip flop” our lifestyles or habits only to “flip flop” them again months later. 

Is coffee good for me, or should I limit my intake?

Do I need to work out at a high intensity all the time in order to see results?

Can an overweight person truly be fit?

The Evolution of Fast Food?

Did you know that about half the money Americans spend on food is for meals prepared outside the home? Think about your lifestyle. Even if you’re not going to typical “drive-thrus,” are you picking up already-prepared meals at your grocery store?

Exertec Turns the Big 3-0!

What were you doing in 1983? If you were into personal fitness, the trends were all about legwarmers, leotards, biker shorts, terrycloth sweatbands, and Flashdance-inspired fashion. Spandex gym-wear was born, and came mostly in neon colors. Short-shorts were all the rage as were track suits and muscle shirts. The media (TV, print, and film) portrayed the fitness industry in some interesting ways. One unusual theme was how physical fitness was a sort of status symbol.

A Different Way of Looking at New Year's Resolutions


It’s the time of year when we often get swept up in the “busyness” of the holiday season--balancing work and home life with the added stresses of travel, family visits, shopping, cooking, etc. Before we know it, the holidays are over and we’ve begun a New Year.

How Functional Is Your Fitness?

I remember the first time I threw my back out. I distinctly recall the sensation—like my upper and lower body suddenly disconnected like two train cars uncoupling at the station. 

How did I hurt my back? Was I water skiing? Was I doing a bench press at the club? No. I was at home, sweeping the floor. I crumpled to the floor and remained there motionless and in agony for about 15 minutes before I was able to crawl to the couch. Not only was I in horrible pain, I was stymied as to how it happened. 

The Problem with Procrastination

Take a minute and make a mental list of tasks you’re prone to avoiding (or are avoiding right now!). They might include returning a phone call, doing household chores, or completing a project you started long ago.

Now imagine that task is completed.  While imagining, take note of the feelings you’re experiencing: satisfaction, relief, peace of mind, joy, pride?

Notice there is no feeling of regret. 

Ever notice that it is often the things we don’t want to initially do that end up being the most satisfying upon completion?

A Healthy Sense of Competition

The other night my husband, daughter, and I were discussing the remaining competitors (clothing designers) on the TV show “Project Runway.” I made a statement about someone winning the cut-throat competition, and my daughter (age 9) replied, “But it’s not really winning that’s important—it’s whether or not you have fun!”

Take Your Ego On a Trip

“Ego” can be defined as:

The “I” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others. OR The part of the human psyche which reacts to the outside world as well as to the demands of the social and physical environment.

So, what does ego have to do with health and wellness? 

Your Brain on Big Gulps

On June 21st there was an article in the New York Times by Tara Parker-Pope titled, “How Can a Big Gulp Look So Small?” This article was referring to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent controversial ban on selling “supersize” soft drinks to New Yorkers in efforts to curb some of the American over-consumption of empty calories in giant-sized sodas.

The food and beverage industries responded to Mayor Bloomberg’s ban by saying that when it comes to buying food and drinks, “We trust our customers to make the choices that are best for them.”