Motivation Blog

These articles are about motivation to keep you in shape, working out and eating right.

Nothing to Prove

Recently we had friends over for dinner. The husband, an excellent golfer, was our club champion over ten years ago. He plays with a group of low-handicap golfers that includes several other former club champions. All of these golfers, former … Continue reading

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The Power of a Written Plan

I have a special fondness for Kelsey, the daughter of my friends Terry and Gail, no doubt due to the fact that she was conceived in our guest bedroom in Bucks County, Pa, a bit over 20 years ago. She … Continue reading

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Fitness Beyond 50: Do Something Hard

A year ago, my son Michael invited me to join him, his wife Michelle, and a dozen friends on a 10-day cycling trip to Sardinia and Corsica in October 2014. The trip was initiated at the dinner celebration following our … Continue reading

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Setting Goals: The Power of BHAG

In their book Built to Last, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras introduced the concept of “Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals,” a.k.a. BHAG, which is a concept meant to motivate companies to set high goals and discuss how to achieve them. Collins … Continue reading

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Einstein and Exercise

Some of you may recall the definition of insanity, often attributed to Albert Einstein: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” This applies to many situations, including exercise. I recently signed up for training sessions with … Continue reading

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Grit: What Does it Have to do With Fitness and Health?

The MacArthur Foundation awards grants to a number of individuals each year. Called “Genius Grants,” they provide recipients with an unrestricted stipend of $625,000 paid over five years. A total of 24 grants were awarded recently for 2013. One of … Continue reading

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Harry Godfrey: The Story of a Long, Healthy Life

Sue and I had great fun working together over three decades ago; as a result, we’ve kept in touch regularly. She’s read my stories and offered this one about her father, also named Harry. “I think the slant on my … Continue reading

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Only One Body: Jean’s Story

I’m normally at my fitness center in Florida a few minutes after it opens at 6:30 AM. Jean, soon to be 50 years of age, is always there ahead of me. I’ve been impressed by both the intensity and variety … Continue reading

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The Future Belongs to the Fit: What Do You Want to Do in 10 Years?

Last year, I turned 75. It’s a milestone, but my only reflection was, “How did I get here so quickly?” In a few months, I’ll turn 76. My thoughts this year are a bit deeper: “What do I want to … Continue reading

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The Four-Step Start

Starting and sticking with any program is a challenge, perhaps even more so for someone starting a program of exercise and/or healthy eating. Old habits aren’t easy to break. Here’s an outline for a process that I think can lead … Continue reading

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