False dichotomy is one of those nickel phrases college freshmen toss around to sound smart. I know I've used it before exactly for that purpose (along with paradigm. Paradigm's a good one for that first Thanksgiving visit home from college). But just because the phrase is trite at this point doesn't make it entirely without merit. I can think of no other example than the false dichotomy between yoga and strength training. I've talked to yoga people who have a warped view of what strength training is, and it tracks with the popular view of why one would chalk up one's hands and attempt … [Read more...] about The False Choice Between Yoga and Strength Training
When I trained in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. there was a notable absence of family obligations for many of my clients. These coastal cities tend to be more transient* than a place like Dayton, Ohio, so to the extent that people had social obligations, they were more likely to involve friends and coworkers than family. Here in Dayton many of us are surrounded by sometimes several rings of extended family, so it's not uncommon for a weekend to be consumed by a cousin's wedding or a childhood neighbor's graduation party. I've noticed in recent weeks my own struggle to … [Read more...] about Family Obligations and Fitness
Your friend has never been particularly fit nor particularly interested in nutrition. Maybe she was your old college roommate, and you have distinct memories of late nights, bad decisions, and otherworldly alcohol consumption. But something has gotten into her lately. Maybe she started going to that new yoga studio down the street. Or she hired a personal trainer. Or she started running and has fallen in love with piling up miles. She's not obnoxious about her healthy pursuits. She still talks about literature and movies and books and the occasional reality TV show. It's just, now when … [Read more...] about Judge Not Your Friend Who’s Now Fit
There's a group of people who pride themselves in the frantic nature of their days. When they're in a meeting at work they're also checking their email; when they're checking their email they're also walking to their next appointments, precariously navigating the work hallway or the streets outside; and when they're driving to their next meeting, they're clocking 45 miles per hour on Interstate 75 because they're reading responses to the email they sent during their previous meeting; and on their way home they're tapping out responses to those emails while swinging through the fast food drive … [Read more...] about Are you busy or disorganized?
Bike Miami Valley is encouraging bicycle ridership across the region by hosting the local Advocacy Challenge of the National Bike Challenge. The National Bike challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists--and encouraging countless new riders. The challenge runs from May 1 through September 30, 2016. Any person who rides a bike can participate to win great prizes just by registering and counting their rides each and every time. Riders are encouraged to make personal goals, compete with friends and coworkers, or just be part of the biggest group bicycle ride ever. … [Read more...] about Bike Miami Valley Hosting Local Challenge for Bicyclists in the Region
The other night someone stopped by my gym to ask about what kind of training I do. After explaining that I focus primarily on personal training with a strength focus, the person asked if I do training sessions specifically focused on "abs." This made me think about the gap between what people want and what they actually need. I can tell a lot about whether a person is committed to goals and process or their comfortable routines based on what types of exercise they do. Generally, I've found that devotees to classes and cardio machines are addicted to their routine. They like their 7 … [Read more...] about About That Abs Class…
What are you having for dinner tonight? You should know the answer to that question, even if your spouse is the one responsible for preparing dinner on this particular evening. Lately I've been coaching a number of people who can't answer that question, usually because they've outsourced all responsibility to their significant other. The problem with this scenario--even if, at best, it represents a mutually agreeable division of labor--is that it removes responsibility, buy-in, and empowerment from one half of the household equation. Most of the time--though not quite all--it's us … [Read more...] about Family Conversations About Meals
Look, over at Centerville Stadium, caped superheros of all sorts are descending on the track for a 5k / 10k Walk/Run this Saturday, April 16th! They are able to leap a dozen pretzel donuts in a single bound. They are the runners/walkers for this special event. Dubbed the "Bill's Donut Superhero Run," this walk/run event is for kids and adults. Most importantly it benefits a local charity, the Dayton, Ohio Affiliate Chapter of "A Special Wish Foundation, Inc.," covering Montgomery, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Greene & Shelby Counties. The event allows families to participate together, … [Read more...] about It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Donut !
Join the Natural Path Meditation Center for a day of Heartfulness meditation silent retreat on their serene, seven wooded acres nestled in the heart of Beavercreek . Help to elevate your own inner condition, as well as raise the vibration of our surrounding communities to create a more harmonious world! You are welcome to join us for as many meditation sessions as you like. You may come to the center and meditate, or even join us remotely for the meditation sessions. There is never any fee charged to learn, or join us in meditation. We can accommodate close to 300 people in our hall. If … [Read more...] about Silent Meditation Relay Sunday April 17th
Do you have any rituals? Bedtime? Work? Morning? Life comes at us in waves, and we don’t often have the time or take the time to appreciate the details. One way to combat this passivity, this letting life happen to us, is to develop some rituals around the simplest day-to-day activities. My rituals may look nothing like whatever would turn you on, but I thought I’d share some of mine to give you an idea of what taking the time to smell the flowers can look like in your own life. The Ritual: Morning coffee Every morning I walk over to Press on Wayne Ave. to grab a coffee. I can make my … [Read more...] about Do You Have Any Rituals?