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45 & Thrive: A new year, and time for a change

As readers who follow this column perhaps might recall from my article from back in September, I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. In fact, in that article I argued the position that for many people, September 1st is a more practical and reasonable time of year to

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45 & Thrive: That’s what he S.A.I.D.

There is a foundational principle in fitness, exercise, and training which helps guide the optimal structure and goals of all exercise prescription. This is the SAID Principle; Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands. Very simply what this means is that the capacity of our body to move, do work, and execute

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45 & Thrive: FOMO to JOJI — Turning a fear of missing out into a joy of joining in

For some time now, the acronym FOMO, shorthand for ‘Fear Of Missing Out,’ has been popular description for those of us who say ‘Yes!’ very quickly to invitations and opportunities, perhaps without thinking things through. This label is often applied where one joins activities without full consideration as to the

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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: ‘Muscle is Medicine’

If you’ve followed this column at all, you’ve likely noticed that I’m a fan of catch phrases and quips. Despite the fact that short, pointed messaging runs the risk of not telling the whole story, there can be a lot of truth and wisdom found in a few thoughtful, well

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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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