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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.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Been there. Done that.

That's the response I fear regular readers will have when they first see the headline of this column. After all, they've probably read a dozen "Fitness Master" articles explaining how poor eating choices lead to weight gain, which increases the likelihood of obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, certain cancers, diabetes, depression . . . .

Yada, yada, yada.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Who likes being sick?

While I'm not a big believer in beginning an article with a ridiculous rhetorical question, I need you to remember just how miserable a relatively minor health issue like a sore throat can make your workday, how it can sap the joy out of anything you need or want to do afterwards, and how it can keep you from much-needed sleep.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

In an article published in early October in his syndicated column, "Stone Age Doc," Dr. Phillip J. Goscienski wrote that grains, sugar, and dairy products food sources not used by humans hundreds of thousands of years ago when our present "body chemistry" was being formed now comprise more than 70 percent of the world's caloric intake.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

If you're in a hurry, it's the sort of study you could easily overlook. I know I almost did. In late August, the journal Nature released research online that linked eating a low-fat diet to improving the quality of bacteria in your gut.

So what?