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Fitness — we all know about it. We all know that we should do more physical activity and eat right to maintain a healthy body. The government has given us the food pyramid and the plate. They have advised us to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

If you are like me — or most people — fitness can be a bit overwhelming. Take a moment and Google workout routine, exercise program, or any other variation. You will see hundreds, if not thousands, of articles and video clips of various exercises.

Where do you begin? CrossFit? Running? Lifting…


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Student Loan forgiveness is once again a major topic in the political landscape today. This should not be a surprise to anyone as the debt has reached a staggering $1.5 trillion and is burdening millions of Americans. The burden was heavy before the pandemic and is now an enormous weight that many have no clue how to get out from underneath.

The current administration has been active in allowing forbearance and 0% interest on these loans, at least through the end of the year. This is obviously helpful, but many Democrats are wondering if this is enough. …


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Over the last several years, specifically in regards to social media, I have noticed a disturbing trend. That trend? The binary thinking that we place ourselves into.

What do I mean by this?

Binary thinking, is the thought process that everything is right or wrong, yes or no, bad or good. When we, as human beings, allow ourselves to only think in this way we remove the possibility that not all things are as simple as they seem. We fail to take into account that humans are nuanced.

If we are being honest with ourselves would we stop and look…


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Most people who take their general health seriously or have at minimum tried to lose weight in the past are familiar with calorie counting. Calorie counting is one of the best ways to make sure you are eating the proper amount of calories to lose, maintain, or gain weight. Most experts agree that a calorie deficit of 500 per day is equal to losing 1 pound of weight per week.

Calorie counting is simple to understand and easy to do if you comprehend basic mathematics or have a calculator handy. There are also hundreds of apps that relate directly to…


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When I began my weight loss journey I found it important to establish a timeline to reach my goal. Having a timeline helps to give you checkpoints to achieve as time goes along. If you do not have a timeline the odds of achieving your goal are likely going to decrease. The reason for this is simple, we tend to put off today what can be done tomorrow.

Consider a project or goal you want to achieve, it could be professional or personal. …


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Most people have either heard or been told that losing weight is important to living a long and healthy life. This couldn’t be more true in the United States as more than 70% of the population is now considered “overweight” according to the CDC using BMI — body mass index.

This is a significant problem that we as a nation need to discuss in the open. Not only does obesity cause individual problems, but it also puts a strain on the medical community and contributes to a rise in healthcare costs — this is due to more services needed.

Although…


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Self-improvement is a big topic and has been for the last several years. People are always looking for ways to improve themselves and look to self-improvement books and articles. This is an excellent first step.

What if I told you that most self-improvement steps are wrong and will not work for you in the long term?

I know, you think I am crazy because there are thousands of people who have benefited from self-improvement. The odd thing is, these people are outliers. The vast majority of people sit back and consume the material but never put it into action.

Worse…


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As gyms around the nation begin to reopen many people, including myself, are eager to get back to their routines. There are only so many bodyweight exercises a person can do before they get bored. When this happens there are a few things you can do from making bodyweight more difficult, buying some dumbbells, or getting a gym membership.

All of us should be doing some sort of resistance training due to the several health benefits that it provides from strengthening bones and joints to preventing illnesses.

As you begin a new lifting routine you are likely going to get…


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I love waking up early and hitting the gym. There is no better way to start the day than working hard to achieve your goals. My resolution for 2020 (before Covid-19 so rudely interrupted our lives) was to build muscle while reducing body fat percentage.

To accomplish this I know I have to lift weights. Unfortunately, just like all of you, my gym has been closed for the last few months. However, it is time to get back to the gym and put in the work to reach my goals.

As I habitually went to the gym at the beginning…


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I have started following more positive and seemingly happier people on Twitter — most happen to be fitness coaches/trainers. Their tweets recently had me thinking about how to feel happier and more fulfilled throughout the day. I have been observing how they interact with people through social media and one thing stands out above all else:

They are genuinely happy when people tell them about their accomplishments.

It is not uncommon for coaches to be happy when those who they are coaching are beginning to see success, that’s normal. However, these people are happy when anyone shares their success story…

Mitch Massman

I just enjoy writing and discussing what I am passionate about. Advocate for healthy living and well-being.

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