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protein after workout

It is good to eat up to 10 g. of protein within 30 min. If working out. My favorite way to do that is to eat low calorie string cheese. It has 9g of protein and is not only low in calories, it is portable in your workout bag and helps cool you down. I also use it to get in sufficient calcium during ...

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Play Pickleball (or any other sport that fits your physical abilities)

I was not raised with sports. But, upon retiring, I discovered pickleball, which is played mainly by older adults. I quickly took to pickleball and began playing several times a week.

Previous to pickleball, exercise was exercise: walking, running, strength training. I could not help but watc...

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Portable Bike Pedals

I set aside a couple of 10 minute sessions per day to pedal out some exercise. I keep the compact device under my desk and enjoy 10 minutes of robust pedaling! While I'm pedaling I think about positive things like the trip I'm planning or the nice hot bath I'll have before bed. I also say a quick pr...

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make it count

I try my best to always eat the very best "type" of a food - so if I crave something I try to never settle for a mediocre sample. I find that I need less of a particular food if I take the time to find the healthiest, best version. Sometimes I actually crave "junk food" but that's okay - I give in...

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Meal planning with the food tracker

Recently I have been recording my meals prior to eating them, so that I can plan in advance meals that serve me and my goals.

This has several advantages:
My computer is on the second floor, the food is on the first, so I am working without any tempting visual cues, and I am less likely...

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Stand UP app

This is a free and amazing little app that you can download!

You set how often you want to be reminded to get up over the course of the day, and what days you want it to happen. You are in charge of what time the reminders start, what time they end and at what location the app works. For inst...

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Build Up Walking Time Safely

I find this works well to easily build up walking time and distance. As we all have heard, regular walking will add years to your life span. It is also an exercise most doctors will allow almost any patient to do. It is probably one of the most safest and easiest exercises to do. I recommend buying ...

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Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

My favorite quote of all time. You simply have to change what you are doing to see a change in your life. This quote has truly changed my life. If you are not willing to change the way you have always done things, then things will simply stay the same.

Perhaps you've heard Albert Einstein's...

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Sailing is active and fun

Sailing is both fun and physically challenging. Getting out on the water. The feel of a stiff breeze on your face. The sound of water slapping on the hull of the boat. The trail of disturbed water in the wake of the boat as it slices through the water. The complete dependency on the winds and w...

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Log In. Embrace the points. Premium Coaching.

Log in. Log in. Log in. Just do it. It's been said before, but it's the truth. Just logging in helps me get off on the right track in the morning. When I wait to log in later in the day, I don't do as well. (But if I don't log in early, logging in late helps me turn things around.) Even if all I do...

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Take a Stand

One of the best things that happened in recent years with my career is that I now work from home. I used to have to get up 2 hours before work to prepare and then commute. There was walking, bending, stretching, climbing stairs and getting up and down to talk to people and attend to physical needs...

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