Category | Lifestyle

success formula

Everything I know about life I learned in the garden

Wisdom is found in unlikely places… My wife and I love to garden. On weekends we can be found wrist-deep in dirt, sunburned on the backs of our necks, planting, pruning, fighting off the neighbor’s bamboo. It’s a great way to throw off the worries of the week, to invest yourself in participating in something […]

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self reflection

What I learned from getting my email hacked!

I had a rough weekend It started great Saturday morning with me teaching classes in Encino and then getting the chance to deliver my “5 Pillars of Health” presentation to members. I love getting to present new and (at least to me) exciting ways to improve health and wellness, so I was feeling really good […]

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moderation

The problem with “moderation”

Let’s talk about “moderation” After my “cheat meal” post last week a longtime Arena family member (you know who you are) was telling me about how his general guiding principle when it comes to health is “moderation.” I know this about him because we’ve discussed it in the past, and, although I don’t know exactly […]

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cheat meal

When a “cheat meal” turns into “What-The-Hell!”

Ah…the “cheat meal”… Have you ever been in the process of working on improving your health, and you’re absolutely SMASHING IT…and then you have a “cheat” meal… which turns into a cheat day… which leads to a cheat weekend… and then you fall apart and now you have to start all over again? I think […]

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evolutionary mismatch

Mismatched: It’s not your fault!

What is “evolutionary mismatch?” If you struggle with your fitness, your health, if you struggle to exercise consistently and eat the right foods, to get enough sleep and manage your weight, it’s not your fault. Consider this question: If you pluck a zebra from it’s natural habitat and relocate it to New England, will it […]

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happiness

Bill Gates 4 steps to being happier at any age

We are all searching for happiness Some people find it more easily than others, but it’s safe to say that humans, as a species, crave contentment. Yet rates of anxiety and depression are higher than they’ve ever been, and increasing every year! Technology, medicine and standards of living generally improve year over year, so why […]

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Positive Mindset

Maintaining a Positive Mindset

Creating a positive mindset is possible… The notion of creating and maintaining a positive mindset can be cringe-inducing for a lot of people. Images of Stuart Smalley from SNL come rushing to mind and the entire topic becomes a punchline. It would be a mistake to dismiss the concept, though. A TON of science and […]

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brain science

(Part 2) There’s nothing wrong with you!

Why is change so difficult? I’m pretty sure Thomas Jefferson wasn’t citing research into brain science and the neurobiology of behavior when he wrote, in the Declaration of Independence: “…accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which […]

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brain science

There’s nothing wrong with you!

Why is change so difficult? Dozens of people. Times 12 months. Times 15 years. That’s how many people I’ve spoken to about their fitness needs since Arena Fitness opened in January of 2003. People inquiring about membership. Members sitting down with me for consultations. People outside of work, picking my brain. People hoping that personal […]

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personal training in northridge

3 Steps to Managing the Life You So Desire!

We all have the same 24 hours in the day… Whether you’re Beyonce or just some guy on the street, the clock works the same. We all fall prey to the “I don’t have enough time” syndrome. And, certainly, our lives are very hectic. But are they as hectic as we believe them to be […]

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