Friday, August 29, 2014

Sports Columns

Saturday, August 16, 2014

One year ago, the intro to this column led to this line: "It's never been tougher." The "it" referred to being a teenager, teaching a teenager, and the real toughie parenting a teenager (though parenting a preteen can't be a walk in the park, either).

In that column, I wrote that "effective parenting today like the pursuit of health and fitness is a never-ending endeavor that's more an art than a science.

Talk about a daunting job. You rarely get a break, you often get grief, and you have no manual or guidebook to follow."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

One of the newspapers I read runs a recipe-exchange column. So about a week after a plea from Phyllis of Phillipsburg for an easy-to-follow fudge recipe, it prints three or four or five options submitted by other readers.

So why do I based on what I believe and the life I lead regularly read a column about how to make fattening foods like fudge? For the same reason I sometimes watch high-end car auctions on television.

You should be able to appreciate the elements of life you don't want or need in yours.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

In this column, I will never tell you to adopt my eccentricities--even the ones that serve as the foundation of my health and fitness. From time to time, however, I will tell you about them, so you can learn from them and possibly modify them to suit your needs.

Especially after two well-publicized studies find an element of soundness to my strangeness.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

"Success leaves clues."

I don't recall where or when I read first read those words, but they are really helpful. They tell me what I need to do in just about any situation to get better.

Analyze success.

Whether it's been somebody's teaching style, writing style, manner of eating, way of lifting weights, or progression of cycling workouts, I've never been able simply to emulate and achieve what I want.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Consider your situation, and I think you'll find the same is true for you. Set out with the intention of helping someone, and invariably someone else receives help, too.


One of the regular features of my seventh grade language arts class, for instance, is called "The Quote of the Day." On most days, I put two profound sayings sometimes motivational, sometimes instructional, but always, I hope, enlightening on the chalkboard with a key word missing.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I guess there's a bit of genius in all of us. The big questions are "Where's it hiding?" and "How to pull it out of you?"

It's August of 1985, I'm 24, and teaching a course on the fundamentals of health and fitness to school teachers. During the last day's question-and-answer session, a woman said that a friend and she went on the same diet and both followed it precisely. The friend lost a significant amount of weight, yet she didn't.

Her question: "What caused such a difference?"

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Call me a health and fitness columnist if you like, but a more accurate term may be a health and fitness conduit a means by which health and fitness information is transmitted.

Sometimes I pass along relevant research, adding my point of view about it or a potential way to employ it. Other times I simply experiment on myself and report the results.

Today's column is the second kind and will serve as the lead-in to next week's column, one which could aid all sorts of people.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Three years and one week ago, I ended a column by writing that if you had a teenaged softball-playing daughter, she was "just another out-of-shape kid . . . who knows what to do with a ball and a glove."

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A general. A priest. A poet who penned a number of still-studied ancient Greek tragedies, including the incomparable and chilling "Oedipus Rex." Sophocles was certainly a versatile and knowledgeable man.

But he was sadly shortsighted or maybe misquoted when it comes to creating success.

He called it "the reward of toil."

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Belaboring a point isn't always a bad thing. Before your first solo skydive, for instance, don't you want your instructor repeating exactly where the reserve cord is and how to use it ad nauseam?

While I hope my use of repetition never makes you ill, I will at times harp on, hash over, and hammer home because it's easy for you in the midst of all the many other things you absolutely need to do to lose sight of the elements essential to optimal health.