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I was really touched by this video of Mr. Rogers testifying before the Senate Committee to defend funding for the newly formed non-profit  PBS. Forty-nine years later his message is more relevant than ever.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch, it will warm your heart.

 

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Being a fitness trainer for most of my life I can be a little obsessive about being healthy, it’s actually more than a job for me, it’s my lifestyle. No one knows this better than my husband, who is under my watchful eye and the receiver of my constant advice, warnings and chastising! (Even though he doesn’t seem to hear me most of the time 😉

Every once in a while though he’ll start giving me health advice, he reads a book a friend suggests or listens to a podcast that catches his attention and suddenly he’s transformed into a health advocate like me. So lately all I’m hearing about is the importance of sleep.

I’m so happy he’s finally onboard! Okay, I admit I can’t help but feel just a teeny bit of irritation that he’s now giving me the same advice that I’ve been giving him for decades as if he’s just heard it for the first time. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining! He’s finally going to bed earlier and making a concerted effort to get 8 hours a night. He’s not so exhausted after work and is in a much better mood overall. It’s actually been quite amazing!

So what had such a huge impact on my husband? He listened to this podcast (warning there is a bit of swearing, especially at the very beginning but then it dies down).

It’s an interview with Dr. Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at Berkeley University and founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science.

It’s fascinating and full of scientific facts about sleep, I highly recommend you take a listen.Or you can read all about it in his book Why We Sleep. You can get it at the library HERE

And here’s a short video I found:

Sweet Dreams!

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One of my favourites…

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#wisdom

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runnersonbrooklynbridgeRecently I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts: The Tim Ferriss Show, he referenced a short essay called “It’s Always Your Fault” written by his guest David Heinemeier Hansson.  The essay refers to business systems and the question it asks is “How are you complicit in creating the conditions you say you don’t want?”. It talks about being accountable, about situations being a feedback loop and that you can take action and have the control to change.

As a fitness instructor, I immediately thought of how this relates to health and fitness. Our daily actions have consequences that affect our physical and emotional well-being and can lead us to a condition we don’t want. Inactivity and unhealthy eating habits can lead us to being out of shape, overweight, lethargic and unmotivated – or to more serious health issues.

There are many reasons we may not take care of ourselves; life gets busy, we don’t know where to start, it’s overwhelming, we never got into the habit in the first place, ignorance, etc. Most people are disconnected from the their bodies and don’t stop to realize how they feel.

Unhealthy habits become a feedback loop; lack of sleep can increase sugar or caffeine consumption to gain energy, lack of exercise causes fatigue so we’re too tired to workout, and so on. And then we tend to shirk responsibility for our actions and blame external factors.

The fact is we have the control to change and take action. So ask yourself: Are you in a condition you don’t want to be in? If the answer is yes, then consider:

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“How am I complicit in creating the condition I say I don’t want?”
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 Realize that you have the control to change and take action!

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