3 Stages of Legacy Building

What is it that you’re looking to achieve? Do you want to reach your personal peak without burning out? Do you want to be a better leader? Are you looking for more fulfillment? Are you thinking about how you can leave a meaningful legacy?

What I’ve observed is that everyone is in one of three stages of their journey. Continue reading

6 Easy Steps for Sustainable Picnic Gatherings

It is summertime and thankfully we are starting to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and can safely celebrate the season of picnic parties with friends and family. Before you head out and stock up on throwaway picnic staples, like plastic cups, plates, utensils, napkins, take a minute to tune up your eco-friendly lifestyle and learn how to ditch needless plastics.

As we eat, drink and be merry, there’s no need to fall back into wasteful habits and trash our planet with needless single-use plastics, according to Sandra Ann Harris, the author of Say Goodbye To Plastic: A Survival Guide to Plastic-Free Living. Here are a few tips from her book to help you reboot your picnicking habits. Continue reading

Get Fit This Summer With Waterx

Waterx, or Water Exercise, incorporates weights and weightlifting moves in the water. This mode of strength training gives you added resistance from the water, working your muscles in new ways than solely lifting weights on land, in addition to high intensity interval training to round out your total body fitness routine.

The swimming brand Speedo came up with WTRX (Water Xtreme) bootcamp-style water classes to bring new life to traditional aqua classes. I took this concept, and a push plate from Speedo, developed specifically for this new way of aquatic training, and made up my own version of a water weights workout, calling it waterx, that you can do anywhere you have a pool, inside or out, year round. Continue reading

Grads Need Charisma to Succeed

The transition from high school or college to the real world is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, but it can prove to be overwhelming. We receive a good solid foundation from our school educations to prepare us for life, but it is not until this knowledge is put into action that we can achieve success.

We are taught many lessons and develop many qualities and traits, but none are as uniquely important as discovering and nurturing your individual charisma factor that is already nestled deep inside of you. Charisma truly is the icing on the cake of a great foundation! It is an extremely important trait that can make a major difference in the way you live your life and network with others. Unfortunately, we are not taught many social skills such as charisma and presence and are pretty much left to wing this on our own. Continue reading

5 Tips for Instant Charisma

Charisma is an exceptionally important trait, especially now. As we come out of the pandemic, during which we have been spending so much time alone and missing the human interaction which is so essential to our emotional and mental health, people may be feeling socially awkward about a return to social settings. With quarantine-induced social anxiety a real concern, communication is key to achieving a smooth re-entry into society. Continue reading

Don't Like to Run? No Worries

During the pandemic, the running population increased significantly as people sought ways to focus on their physical health. People went outside to run in fresh air or chose a treadmill to work out in their homes. New runners were getting in the miles and losing or maintaining weight. RunRepeat recently published a study about the running boom during the pandemic and found that the motives for running are changing. Physical health is the primary motivation for 72% of new pandemic runners, up 18% from the reasons given by runners who started before the pandemic.

Physical fitness is important in fighting any disease that we encounter. Running can be a viable option for most of us and isn’t just for those who like to do marathons. As with any physical activity, building up to full strength is the smart method for beginners. The bike-walk-run can be the best way to begin, especially if you have some weight to lose. By starting off with a non-impact cardio option and then walking, your knees, shins, feet and back will thank you for not jumping into running right away. Continue reading

Heart Healthy Exercises You Can Do At Work

As remote work is here to stay, many of us are spending more hours at our desks than we were in the office post-pandemic. At the office, we were used to taking breaks to get coffee, grab lunch or just chat with coworkers in between meetings. As many of us enter a remote-first work environment, we’re spending long hours working and sitting at our desks—which has become a concern. In fact, experts expect to see an increase in sedentary behavior because of it. A sedentary lifestyle is when most of your day is spent sitting or lying down while doing daily activities. Unfortunately, this kind of lifestyle can increase your risk of developing chronic conditions such a heart disease—which happens to be the leading cause of death in both men and women.

To avoid this sedentary way of living and to keep ourselves healthy, we’ll go over 8 simple heart-healthy exercises you can do at your desk that strengthens your heart and body.

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8 Times You Should Take a Rest Day

Those training shoes call to you from the corner. Some days you feel all in, while other days you need an extra push to get going. Maybe you lack motivation, feel under the weather, or need to recover. No matter the reason, when you find yourself without the desire to lace up, it’s a good idea to check in and see if you need time off.

Is today one of those days? Read on to find out how rest days benefit you, plus learn eight situations when you should go ahead and give your body a break from exercise. Continue reading