Motivation

Tough Workouts: Train Your Brain to Take the Pain

It’s no secret I have a different relationship with pain than the average person—I embrace it with my mantra, “Shut up, legs!” After years of training at an elite level, I’ve learned to see the benefits that come from suffering through a tough workout. Pain is not your enemy—quite the opposite, and if you stop resisting it, you will...

Why You Should Stop “Trying” to Get Healthy

Every year, January is the season for getting back in shape and getting healthy—or “trying to get healthy” as so many put it. It seems safer that way. To try is to give your best effort, while still leaving the back door open in case you can’t quite reach your goals. Well, no more “trying,” no more excuses, and no more half-hearted...

8 Ways to Avoid Weight Gain this Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to fall off the weight-loss wagon. With treats abounding and cold weather rolling in, it’s prime time for overindulging and skipping workouts—which can ruin that healthy momentum you’ve been building all year long. In order to keep your health goals intact and still enjoy yourself during the holidays, you need to think...

Why You Should Have a Practice Thanksgiving

Heading into the holiday season, with its big buffet dinners and lengthy mingling sessions, can be intimidating—especially if you’re worried about what others will say when you turn down a calorie-laden appetizer or walk around with an empty glass. That’s why being able to anticipate your actions and responses is key. “You know when those...

Trick Yourself Into Never Wanting Treats Again

There’s a reason why candy, cookies, chips and fast-food tastes oh. so. delicious. Many food items are engineered by scientists to deliver an irresistible “bliss point”—a term that describes the optimization of a tasty ingredient like sugar, salt, or fat that drives you to reach for more. But just because food scientists have worked...