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How I Learned the Importance of Breathing Well

The Life Changing Day As an aspiring young fitness professional in the early 90s, I stumbled across a gentleman named John Douillard from Boulder, CO. He was a presenter at a convention in Copper Mountain and I was fortunate to get some one-on-one time with him.  He took me out to the running track and…

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6 Health Reasons Not to be a Mouth-breather

It turns out that our nose is on our face for more reasons than sneezing, smelling the roses and blowing!  It also gets the job of being our primary breathing apparatus. Here are six reasons to focus on using your nose for most of your breathing.  Hydration– When we take in oxygen through the nose,…

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Insomnia: What is Sleep Anyways?

As a physician, I get asked frequently about insomnia.  I also get to see what happens as a result of sleep deprivation and the multitude of opportunities for suffering that accompany this increasing problem.  Many resources are available for attempting to find the cause of why you are having trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep.…

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The Art of Weight Loss: How I Took a “Load Off”

As I got to the top of one of my favorite mountain bike rides here in Colorado, I realized how much my weight loss had increased my joy of riding.  I felt so much lighter and could take the hairpin, tight, up-winding curves with grace and ease. These same twists and turns had been so…

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6 Ways to Easily Integrate Meditation Daily

Okay, I get it! Seriously. Starting meditation is something many of us know we SHOULD do. The thoughts, “I know it would be good for me,” “I just don’t really have the time,” “I need to start meditating,” “There is no way I could slow my mind,” or “I tried meditating last night, but nothing…

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Are You Swimming Upstream in Your Life? Read this.

A river seems solid at first glance.  We all know it is not. Whether it’s a lake or an ocean there is not a single molecule that isn’t moving at all times.  Our bodies are exactly the same, at first glance we seem solid, but there is not a single cell that isn’t constantly moving…

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Genetics Don’t Dictate Aging. Your Lifestyle Does.

I was speaking with an ‘elderly’ woman, who to me is very obviously NOT conforming to current standards of aging. I was struck by an explanation of aging that this amazingly vital woman gave me, including pictures that depict young people as standing up straight, middle-aged people with shoulders rounding forward, and elderly people just…

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7 Ways to Integrate Mindufulness into Eating

When I was a cherry picker in New Zealand, I worked and lived with people from seven different countries: Italy, Argentina, Canada, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, and Germany. At the end of each day, we would prepare our dinner and eat as the sun set behind the orchard. There was something that stuck out to…

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This is How You Can Be In “The Zone” All The Time

Human performance is a fascinating interdependence of mind and body. In sports performance, both team and individual, the “mental” aspect is a key player. A significant amount of focused alertness, combined with grace and ease, is a consistent combination we see from great performers. This refinement is rarely taught by coaches. This is due to…

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