How to Flourish Physically and Emotionally

In 1998 psychologist Martin Seligman was appointed president of the American Psychological Association (APA). Up until then psychology had focused on reducing disease. As president of the APA, Seligman wanted to focus on bringing about the positive ‘flourishing’ conditions of life. His focus was on positive psychology, the study of personal strength, resilience, and what […]

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Four Triceps Combo Exercises You Aren’t Doing

Thought I would go with a video blog today Below are four different triceps combo exercises that probably aren’t in your exercise routine. Check them out!   (1) Overhead press/triceps extension combo For every two overhead presses do one triceps extension (2) Eccentric tate press with incline press Pick a relatively heavy weight for the […]

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The delusion of complete control over your behavior

When you are making health decisions, the notion that you have complete control over your behavior is actually semi-delusional. I say “semi” because of course if you really really want to do something or if you really really don’t want to do something, your behavior will probably fall in line with your attitudes. It’s also […]

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Discomfort, Growth, and Your Stupid Brain

A month ago, I made a move to Boston to start a PhD program in exercise and health sciences. Recently my brother came out to visit. We took the 30-minute trip to Hudson, Massachusetts to lift with our friend Nancy at Cressey Sports Performance. At some point Nancy comes over as we’re finishing up with […]

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Clarifying, Rationalizing, and Strengthening Healthy Behaviors

Behavior is exceedingly complex. In fact, there isn’t a single behavioral model out there that can predict behavior with 100% accuracy. The meaning behind behavior can be thought of at various levels of abstraction. For example, A person taking the stairs may think in many ways including: “I’m taking the stairs to get to my […]

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What’s Your Favorite Way to Suffer?

Thousands and thousands of years ago your ancestors would prowl through the jungle or travel through the plains searching and hunting for food. Some of them would starve to death and some of them would get impaled on the tusks of a Woolly Mammoth as they were simply trying to get food to survive. One […]

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How to Plant Trees You’ll Never See Grow

When I was a boy scout (shocker right), we had a policy when camping. Leave the site better than you found it. There is only one real constant in life and that is change. Jobs are going to change, you’re going to leave the place where you currently live, and people are going to leave […]

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Boosting confidence and getting on board with behavior change

  In the fourth season of the show How I Met Your Mother, the characters stare enviously at the hot tub on the patio of the building next door. One of the characters, Marshall, walks over to the edge of their roof, looks at the seven-foot gap and says: “I can jump that far” I […]

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The three key components to motivated behavior

Decades ago in Dade County Florida, the local government banned the sale of laundry detergents with phosphates. Phosphates were pretty good for cleaning but pretty bad for the environment, causing algae to explode in growth. This leads to oxygen reduction, which leads to animals dying, which isn’t good. It was a pretty good idea to […]

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Five Things That Great Listeners Do

I’ve cried in front of my master’s thesis chair/professor twice. It had nothing to do with school, managing that was never a problem for me, it was when I felt that I was really struggling with everything else that was going on around me. I felt completely comfortable doing this in front of him. It […]

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