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Are Ankle and Knee Support Braces Helping or Hurting Me?

wellness Feb 26, 2018
 
If you are considering using a support brace ask yourself why you need the brace – is it for warmth, stability, injury recovery? Are you just scared of rolling your ankle again? When it comes to knees and ankles routine stability, balance and strengthening are crucial. Braces are not a substitute. Too many times I’ve seen people bypass this ongoing process and shift right into wearing support braces. This is a mistake.
 
People use braces for one of several reasons: 1. To assist in recent injury recovery, 2. A specific event where they need a little extra support, or 3. Long-term daily use during most common activities.
 
1. When it comes to injury recovery and basic daily function, yes, a brace is very helpful. Just after injury the individual is not likely at the re-strengthening part of recovery and is still managing the effects of the injury. Gradually over time, however, there should be a decline in support brace use and an increase in...
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They Don't Care How Much You Know Until They Know How Much You Care

personal development Feb 18, 2018
You’ve probably heard this before, and if not, it’s so true, right? Everyone from Theodore Roosevelt to modern leadership trainers have been credited with the phrase. It is the basis of quality coaching and teaching. I’ve been a fitness and personal development coach for more than 15 years. I think it's fair to say that even if my clients don't achieve the success they had hoped for, while working with me they will always know that I genuinely care. They know I did my best to help motivate them and direct them towards their goals and a healthier, more balanced and focused lifestyle. I'm a firm believer in this principle – it is my foundation.
 
When it comes to coaching, leading, marketing, social influence, as well as everyday interactions, being genuine, open, and attuned to others is what encourages people to open up. When you engage with people at work or home are you giving them your best self? Or are you leading conversations, meetings and...
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People Standing on Ledges don't Usually Look Up

personal development Feb 07, 2018
When we encounter frightening circumstances or experiences, or think there is nowhere to go the average person looks down off the ledge. They see all of the ways that they could fail, not accomplish the goal they set out to accomplish, or believe there is nowhere else to go.
 
There are more options than we realize and we have the choice every day to seek them out. On the other side of the cavern of fear lies hope. There is the possibility of immediate success, the possibility of a new learning experience, and if nothing else an experience that will put you on the path of success or help you learn what does not work.
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21 Habits of Happy People

personal development Feb 05, 2018
Mostly I post my own words, but I couldn't have made this list better. Thanks Mindopenerz.com
 
Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed.
 
We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. I’m not saying happy people don’t feel grief, sorrow or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life. The following are 21 things happy people make a habit of doing:
 
1. Appreciate Life
Be thankful that you woke up each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
 
2. Choose Friends Wisely
Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They...
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Don't Want To vs. Don't Know How To

personal development Feb 01, 2018

Whatever the topic "Don't want to" and "Don't know how to" yield the same result. So if you "Want To" you need to learn "How To."

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The Spoon

Let's say you were trapped in a small room and wanted out. And I told you that if you took a spoon and started scraping at the wall, in five years you'd be free.
 
Would you do it?
Would you already see failure because the destination is far away?
 
Fast forward... it is year six. You are still in the room because you defeated yourself and gave up before starting. The time passed anyway but you are still there.
 
Now how would you feel?
 
Many things in life (weight loss, job growth, most recoveries & improvements) take time. Wherever you are probably didn't happen over night, and most things that come quick leave just as fast. It is the slow, consistent effort that is most effective for long-term, stable success. Day by day; meal by meal; stone by stone.
 
Be patient and believe in you!
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Train to Be Healthy

wellness Jan 26, 2018
I'm reminded of the many people who have asked me to help them become a bodybuilder or be skinny...and the many times I've said that I could but won't do that.
 
"But I can teach you to be healthy and fit," I respond.
 
I have so much pride for all those people who have taken a risk and, with coaching and trust, let go of their deeply rooted ideas and fantasies of what they need to do to reach this (often unhealthy) “dream."
We must remember that our bodies, inside & out, are reflections of our lifestyle. If you don't like how you feel or what those blood tests are saying, etc. it's a sign that you need to change your lifestyle. Being comfortable enough to do that for many people is another whole blog post.
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Mindset and Insanity

personal development Jan 07, 2018
If Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Mindset is thinking and behaving different to get different results from life. Until you change your mindset (which can be challenging I realize), you will see the same patterns repeat themselves.
 
Change your mindset. Change your life.
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