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45 & Thrive: Workplace wellness and why your employer should support it

Most of us spend one-third of our adult lives, and close to half of our waking hours, at work. Our workplaces can range considerably, from almost stagnant, sedentary desk work, to vigorous intense labour, and everything in between. Most of us can’t guarantee that our ‘work’ activities are physically demanding

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45 & Thrive: Gym efficiencies, best practices (and a few no-noes)

If you’ve followed this column for a while, or taken a look at previous articles or blog posts on 45 & Thrive, you’ve probably noticed that I am a strong proponent of efficiency and effectiveness with respect to training and exercise. Minimum Effective Dose (MED), functional strength training, and recognition

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45 and Thrive: HIIT — What it is and why you might consider getting HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is an exercise practice that has been both in the news, and in the gym, a lot lately.  Although this might seem to be a new type of training, HIIT has in fact been around, in one form or another, for more than 100

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45 and Thrive: Happy New Year 2.0

Okay, admittedly, our official calendar indicates that January 1 is traditionally the start of the New Year. That is when all the parties are. That is when we have a day off to celebrate, and hopefully another to recover. But, just for a moment, work with me here a bit:

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45 & Thrive: ‘Bolder’ an investment in your robust longevity

  Very recently I came across a great read which has become my 2019 ‘Book of the Year.’ Bolder: Making the Most of our Longer Lives (Knopf Canada, 2018) by Carl Honoré* has not only supported many of the wellness practices I know prepare us to make the most of

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45 and Thrive: The ‘Fast’ and the ‘Curious’

  Fasting is one of the most prominent buzz words in recent discussions about diet, nutrition and optimizing wellbeing. There has been a proliferation of articles about fasting in general, and about intermittent fasting, time restricted feeding, and various fasting protocols in particular. The info can be dizzying! So let’s

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45 & Thrive: ‘F.I.T.T.ness’ – A formula for success

  In previous articles, I’ve described both the philosophical orientation of 45 & Thrive as a synthesis of Minimal Effective Dose and Evolutionary Fitness, as well as the Eight Guiding Principles which support this approach to optimizing wellness from mid-life and beyond (available here: Part 1, Part 2). These are

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45 & Thrive: Food and Fitness – Synergy, Energy and Longevity.

  I love food; I love to eat. I enjoy exploring new culinary experiences and, within a few parameters, there is virtually nothing I won’t eat. I don’t feel deprived of any foods, but I do temper my consumption of some foods. So, in this era of dogmatic dieting, what

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45 & Thrive: Eight guiding principles for robust longevity (Part 2)

  Today’s column completes a two-part series discussing the guiding principles behind the 45 &  Thrive training program designed to optimize wellness for those in mid-life and beyond (Part 1 is available here).   #5: Life beyond middle age need not be a series of physical and health declines. An

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45 & Thrive: Eight guiding principles for robust longevity (Part 1)

  This is the first of a two-part article outlining the key principles of an efficient, effective training program designed to promote robust longevity.   All training programs have guiding principles upon which they are designed. The same is true of the 45 & Thrive program focussed on efficient, effective

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45 & Thrive: MED-Evolutionary Wellness; More than a name

I’ve been asked the genesis of the name for my wellness consultancy, MED-Evolutionary Wellness. This name arises from the fundamentals of what I believe to be the best lifestyle practices for many, and especially for those of us 45 and older who seek to have and maintain a robust lifestyle.

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45 & Thrive: An ‘off’ day

  Today I had the most important session at the gym I have had in weeks. What made it that way? New Personal Records? No. New clients? No. Did I add an innovative new exercise or routine? No. None of these made today special.  What made today so noteworthy was

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