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Prepare for challenges and stay motivated, focused, and in control with the tips in this blog.


31 Ways to Refocus Your Workout

Is your fitness junk in the way of your workout progress? For Joe Kita, author of One Small Change, useless items like nine years worth of training diaries, 19 bicycle seats and 3-year-old Power Gel packets weren't exactly helping. So he spent a month ditching all his unnecessary equipment, outdated training beliefs, and poor nutrition habits. When the dust had settled, he was down 31 pieces of trash and left with one thing—a new, refreshing perspective on health and fitness. Read the entire series below.

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Tags: Gear, Home, Focus


Q&A: Best Time of Day to Exercise

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Q: What is the best time of day to exercise?

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10 Ways to Stick to Your Workout

No doubt it’s challenging to squeeze a workout into a schedule that’s full to the hilt with appointments, meetings and family obligations. First, cut yourself some slack. We all miss a workout every now and then, and it’s not always a bad thing—your body needs time to recover from stressful days.

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Tags: TRX, Focus, Training, Motivation, Planning


How to Set Achievable Goals

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A combination of both short- and long-term goals is important to your success. A long-term goal sets your motivation in place and helps define direction and purpose in your training. But it's also essential to set specific, clear goals along the way.

Steer clear of ambiguous goals like "I want to lose weight for summer" or sweeping goals like changing your lifestyle. Instead, set a specific goal such as "I want to run a 5K in less than 30 minutes," and then develop a series of incremental goals that you can celebrate as you improve.

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Tags: Goals, Motivation, Planning, Weight Loss


Core Values

One reason most diets and fitness plans fail is because people look at their health as a short-term project. We allow our goals to be influenced by superficial promises: Five weeks to a six-pack! The five-second fix for neck pain! But what if before starting your next training program you were to examine what really matters to you, as opposed to what's on your mind this minute?

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Tags: Goals, Attitude, Motivation, Planning


Q&A: Getting More Active

Q: How can I get more active?

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Tags: Q&A, Attitude, Motivation


How to Stop Procrastinating

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Want to lose weight? Get rid of pesky pains? Or have more energy? Stop putting off your goals. Here's how to make a change, and fast:

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Shift Your Focus

Pick one: The easy overhead. The sitting volley. The forehand into the empty court. You missed one of them at some point, and with that went the game. Rather than erasing it from your memory, you’re endlessly replaying the shanks in your head. Before the match gets totally out of reach, try the following steps to not only reverse, but also regain your momentum.

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Tags: Tennis, Pressure, Focus


Win With the Right Attitude

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"If you want outstanding results, you need good people with great talent and awesome attitudes." — John C. Maxwell

The best example of overachieving in sports is the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball. No one expected them to do half as well as they have done thus far. We're not even at the All-Star break, so they have ample opportunity to sink in the standings and/or not achieve the playoffs; nevertheless, they have accomplished much more than was thought possible.

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Tags: Goals, Attitude, Motivation, Baseball


Start Eating Better Today


Procrastination is often a reason why some of us don't quite get around to changing our habits, specifically nutrition and exercise. We seem to put off the inevitable until the last minute and then end up scurrying around trying to get things done—or we just throw up our hands and say, "Forget it!" Here are some ways to stop procrastinating and start doing.

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Tags: Focus, Goals, Planning, Metabolism, Weight Loss, Attitude



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Live Better

America: A Nation of Couch Potatoes

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Study: Downing Diet Soda May Increase Snacking

A new study from Johns Hopkins University links diet soda with overeating.

Well at Work

Health News: Exercise Can Alleviate Work-Life Balance Stress

Researchers found that working out can help ease stress and increase confidence in dealing with work-life balance issues.

The Performance Life

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