Timing and circumstance as keys to improving your fitness


Hi Team! I wrote this post for a fellow blogger who was kind enough to let me post on her site. It outlines 6 keys to using timing and circumstance as tools to improve your overall fitness. Here’s an excerpt (if you want to see the whole thing check it out here):   Have you ever walked out of a job interview kicking yourself for not giving the absolute best answer to a question? You’re replaying the moment in your head over and over again and wondering why, “I just work too fast,” was the answer that popped into your head as the interviewer asked, “What is your greatest weakness?”   “Really? That’s just about the most generic answer you could’ve given,” you think to yourself. At that moment you commit to forget about it, move on, and open the door to the building as you step outside and the sunshine […]

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Pre workout energy boost! – Guest blog (Dini)


This is a guest blog from Dini at dinishealthyliving.com. With a passion in health and fitness and her added certifications as a fitness consultant and a weight management coach she wants to make a difference by seeing more people around the world lead a healthy, wealthy, and happy life.   What should I eat before workout? I have been asked this question quite a lot “Can you guide me on what I should eat before workout?” Nutrition before workout is very much an individual thing. The timing of your food will vary according to the time of the day you exercise as well as the type of workout you are into. What is NUTRITION? Nutrition does not mean only “food”. The definition goes way beyond…One of the distinct phases of nutrition is the intake of energy for our body to use which means understanding the different energy systems fulfilling the physiological […]

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How do you measure the quality of a day?


  I ask myself this question from time to time when I’m trying to take stock of the day. It’s a welcome change from evaluating yourself based off other metrics – family situation, income, career, where you’re living, etc. And it’s much less selfish. A binary metric that is answered simply as a “yes” or “no.” Did I help improve or brighten someone else’s day?   Many well-respected and intelligent people have been quoted as saying something along the lines of: The quality of a person should be determined by their impact on others rather than what we often refer to as “success” in the form of status, income, or other metrics. Some of these individuals include The Fresh Prince (Will Smith), Maya Angelou, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens, Anne Frank, Warren Buffett, Abraham Lincoln…   How do you typically measure the quality of a day?   Well, maybe we […]

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Protect your income (financial pillar #2)


(Photo by SMW)   Now that you’re doing what you love and earning an income, things should be looking up. Having an income allows us to pay bills, save for retirement, save for a rainy day, and take trips for vacation! Who doesn’t love vacation?   All this sounds well and good while the income is rolling in but what happens if it stops? What if you’re all of a sudden unable to work because of an illness? Now what happens when it’s not just you counting on that income? What if you are your family’s breadwinner and something happens to you?   Unless you’re well prepared, only bad things would happen – very bad things. Bills pile up, credit scores plummet, houses get foreclosed on, savings are quickly eliminated… Not good.   How can we make sure that we’re protected in the unfortunate event of a job loss, illness, or […]

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How setting SMART goals can change your life! (Guest blogger – Mel)


MikedUp Blog is thrilled to welcome “Mel” as the first guest blogger to our site! We have a ‘Guest blogger’ page under construction right now, where you’ll be able to read more about credentials and past achievements. For now though, Mel has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years, has been a contributing author on 11 scientific publications, and currently works as a clinical research nurse at a major hospital system. She has been gracious enough to share some of her knowledge with us and we’re thrilled that’s the case!  Here’s her first post about goal setting:   Hello readers!   It is with great joy and excitement that Mike has invited me to be a guest blogger for MikedUp Blog!  My contributions will be topic focused and aim to accomplish 3 things: Share knowledge about the week’s topic. Suggest a skill to put that knowledge into action. Support […]

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Mike and the moms group


  Conjunctivitis was the cause and a day suspended from daycare (due to illness) was the effect. Secondary effect – dad (me) had the day off from work.   This was a Tuesday. You know, one of the mid-three days (Tuesday-Thursday) that don’t have the terrible negative connotation of a Monday or the insurmountable high of a Friday… It’s just Tuesday. Most workers are at work and by 9-ish the streets are relatively clear.   Clara had conjunctivitis, which is apparently a contagious eye infection of sorts. She didn’t have a terrible fever or cough that could wake a bear in December, no, contagious eye infection. Seemed minor to me, so I approached the day as if it were a Saturday where Monica had to work or hit up one in the seemingly endless stream of wedding/baby showers. Clara and I’d be flying solo and the day’s docket had only […]

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Updates for August ‘16


(Photo by SMW)   Hi Team!   Oh, man, do we have some good things coming up this month. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though… How are you guys? All’s well I hope. We’re having a great summer over here. Just capped off the 3rd wedding of a sibling in 11 months, the sister-in-law had a baby recently, and we’ve had a great vacation. No dull moments for this family!   As far as MikedUp Blog is concerned, here’s a look a some of what’s ahead for August:   – We’ll start to uncover our Financial pillars for us millennials.   – We also have some big news! Our first contribution from a guest blogger will be published in early August. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years, has been a contributing author on 11 scientific publications, and currently works as a clinical research […]

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Do what you love (financial pillar #1)


(Photo by SMW)   (See the introduction to this post here)   Do what you love…   It may not start out this way. You may do what’s necessary to get your income rolling in a positive direction but eventually, wouldn’t the ideal goal be to do what you love rather than to do what you have to – just to get by?   I believe that happiness in life rests in the freedom to do the things that bring you the most joy, professionally and otherwise. This could be spending time with family, hiking, working for yourself, painting, writing, or any number of activities that you enjoy. Some view this as their retirement goal… Work all of your life eyeing up the last 20 or so years. Man, retirement will be so sweet, but the first 65 will be… a bear. That’s no way to live.   There have been a […]

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Why can’t dudes do Zumba too? … 2


If you missed the first half of this article, feel free to check it out here before reading the conclusion. There I explained the purpose of this post, in case you were thinking, “Why, on earth, would a man want to do Zumba?” If you already understand my craziness, please feel free to press on. Thanks for coming back!   Last time we covered my experiences in Pilates and a boot camp at my daughter’s preschool. This time, we’re getting down to business. We’ve got Zumba and Dance Fusion…   Zumba beginning     Before lacing up the Nikes and setting foot on that parquet floor, my tank-top and running shorts wearing self sat in my car and thought, “Really man? Just stand up, get in there, and get this over with. Who knows? Maybe you’ll love it.” A hopeless attempt at getting me to believe I’d enjoy what’s coming […]

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July updates – Happy Independence Day!


Hi Team! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Independence Day! We had a great time visiting friends and are now back home enjoying this July weather.     As we typically do, below are some updates about what to expect with MikedUp Blog’s coming month. Thanks for being here! The conclusion to Why can’t dudes do Zumba too? will be posted this Friday! The first installment was well received and I know the second is full of more outlandish stories… Believe it or not. Oh, and maybe we’ll answer the title question along the way too? After that post, we’ll be taking 2 weeks off from posting our new content. With summer comes vacations, visiting family members, weddings, and other important life activities. We are still developing new content and will continue writing/filming, so fear not – we’ll be coming back strong with our new content after the break! What […]

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