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8 Benefits of Exercising in the Morning

By Ben Smith, Lead Health Coach at Fitness Interactive Experience The old adage, the early bird catches the worm, holds true for most endeavors, particularly exercising for your health. Whether you’re struggling to start an exercise regimen or you’ve got one but you’re starting to “fall off the wagon”, you may benefit from working out first thing in the morning. Doubtful? Here are 8 unique benefits to exercising in the morning: 1. Start the Day with a Win No matter […]

Holding the Cards

By Ben Smith, Lead Health Coach at Fitness Interactive Experience “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” -Jack London The game of poker is a great metaphor for life. Luck vs. Skill is a lot like Nature vs. Nurture. We’re all dealt a certain “hand” of genes, but the decisions we make throughout our lives can have a tremendous impact on the expression of those genes. Poker makes a great […]

Take a Walk: How Nature Can Help You De-Stress

By Ben Smith, Lead Health Coach at Fitness Interactive Experience Sometimes it pays to just relax and enjoy the outdoors. More than 50% of the world’s population now lives in urban environments. Although cities come with a number of amenities that aren’t available in rural areas, they also come with loads of additional stressors. In fact, most urbanites are bombarded on a daily basis with stressors that our ancestors were rarely, if ever, exposed to. Whether it be the daily […]

Avoid the Ouch!: Injury Prevention and Your Fitness Program

By Ben Smith, Lead Health Coach at Fitness Interactive Experience When selecting a fitness program, there are a number of things you need to consider: While each of these is a great topic worthy of its own discussion, in this article I’m going to arm you with the knowledge to best address the last topic: injury prevention. If getting back in shape isn’t a test of will in its own right, staying the course after an injury certainly is. Can […]

Great Expectations and the Pygmalion Effect

By Ben Smith, Lead Health Coach at Fitness Interactive Experience “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” -Michelangelo In its positive sense, the phenomenon whereby individuals rise to meet high expectations of them is known as the Pygmalion effect. A leader’s expectations of his or her people, and the peoples’ expectations of themselves are the key factors in […]

Survive & Advance

By Ben Smith, Lead Health Coach at Fitness Interactive Experience “Survival of the fittest…” It’s a phrase often attributed to Charles Darwin, but it was actually coined by Herbert Spencer after he read Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. It’s the answer to the question, “Which genes are preferentially passed along to future generations?” The answer, in other words, is those that are the most advantageous (read fittest) for a given environment. It’s a succinct way of summing up natural […]

Games, Health and Habits

By Ben Smith, Lead Health Coach at Fitness Interactive Experience The words “Game” and “Work” evoke very different connotations for most people. Games are most often associated with structured play for their own enjoyment, while work may be viewed as drudgery that’s associated with completing a task, but doesn’t necessarily entail achieving a particular result. Depending upon your point of view, exercise and achieving a healthy lifestyle may fall into the “Work” or “Game/Play” category. I’d argue that if you […]

Proven Strategies for Achieving Your Goals

By Ben Smith, Lead Health Coach at Fitness Interactive Experience “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.” -Viktor Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning As Viktor Frankl, the best selling author, concentration camp survivor and renowned neurologist argued, we’re all here […]