The savvy investment: join a gym

How going to a fitness center can change your life, make you stronger, and put punch in your life

Gyms epitomize grunting and sweaty bodies. We resent the scantily clad men and women, prancing around, wrestling with free weights, admiring their bodies in full-length mirrors. We avoid gyms like the plague.

What if I told you that the only motor vehicles on earth were 11-feet tall monster-trucks, 12-feet wide, and came with 66-inch tires, complete with methanol-injected engines? There is little truth in such a statement. Monster-trucks are custom-built creations, aren’t allowed on public roads and make up less than 0.1 % of all vehicles on the planet.

I’d rather introduce you to the 21st century fitness facilities, where “gyms,” fitness centres, are safe havens, where the focus has shifted, and not everybody cavorts around showing off their physique.


We’re not doomed: Habits can change!

Habits aren’t destiny and what you and I can do about it

We resignedly accept out lot: our habits are our destiny—impossible to escape. As is the case with our genes, we believe we cannot divorce our habits. It’s part of our humanness, it’s engrained in our fiber. Our inner man, our fixed mindset, determines the single path our lives will follow—set immutably.

“Not so fast,” says Charles Duhigg, author of: The Power of Habit. Why we do what we do in life and in business. By understanding how it came that we stopped to consciously make choices, by understanding how our behaviours became automatic, we can rebuild those patterns in whichever way we choose.

A $6.00 (partial)-fix for our healthcare woes

How an inexpensive resistance band can have such an unlikely potential!

I must be out of my mind to make such a claim. Or perhaps not.

The collective wisdom is clear: solving a country’s healthcare woes is a precarious and challenging task. Resolving it is close to inconceivable. Offering simplistic and sensational solutions can be an indication of lack of insight, if not downright insensible. If researchers, physicians, health insurers, administrators, politicians and academics can’t come to an agreement on fixing the system, what hope is there for for John and Jane Public?

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Escape the burden of failed New Year’s resolutions

Set yourself up for success: have a phenomenal 2016 by using a different strategy

Happy belated New Year!

Most of us are sick already of hearing the over-used phrase. It sounds so, old. We’re deep into the second week of January, and reality is setting in. The festivities and vacation time with friends and family is something of the past, it is but a fond memory. We are back in the salt mines. For many of us it is what it is: another day, another dollar. For those who have retired it may be another grim year with bleak prospects—empty days filled with blandness and solitude.



Why we should rethink the belief that aging equals decline.

And how can we debunk this misconstrued view.

As children we yearned to be “old enough.” We were so desperate to be grown-up enough, in order to go do things. I can recall how I argued my case with Mother to be allowed to go buy bread and milk at the corner café for the first time.

Soon after that accomplishment, I pushed for permission to cycle to school on my own. This hankering did not diminish as a teenager, as I pestered my parents long before it was time for my driver’s licence.