Why I Write About Physical Fitness and How YOU Benefit

Picture of Mike after a workout showing his physical fitness

I know what it’s like to be on the physical fitness path…   To be an athlete competing at the highest level of your ‘profession,’ against other fine-tuned-machines of men. Some of whom would go on to play in the NFL and earn Super Bowl rings.   My collegiate football career saw me gaining muscle, burning fat, and improving every day as I competed with my teammates on Division I (MAC Conference) Kent State Golden Flashes Football Team.   At 255 pounds, I was a Tight End / Fullback hybrid that was used primarily in the passing game. I ran a respectable 4.68 40-yard dash, and although my numbers were decent, I still had quite a ways to go. But I was on the path…   I was in the prime of my athletic career up to that point… Until one day – I wasn’t   During the course of […]

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I was interviewed – extensively – by Scott at Making Momentum; check it out!

Hi, Team! Today I’m sharing a snippet from one of my guest posts on another blog (Making Momentum). Scott, who runs the site, reached out with an opportunity for me to be interviewed and to share my story with his readers. And I’ll just say that going through this process was a blast! Scott didn’t pull any punches with his questions and I made every effort to answer fully and to the best of my ability. Much of these topics haven’t been covered on my site… Yet. But I am taking the inspiration and some of the content to rework my “About Mike” page. So, needless to say, Scott’s interview made a significant impression on me. Below is a short snippet, but if you want the full 4,000+ word experience, please click over to Scott’s site. I’ll be monitoring the comments on the Making Momentum interview and on this post, so […]

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7 Simple Lifestyle Tweaks That Dramatically Improve Your Health (guest blogger – Gehana)

Hi, Team! This week’s post comes to us from Gehana Kennedy, owner of vitaminshop.ae, the go-to source for high-quality wellness products including a range of step-by-step formulated vitamins, fitness supplements, and natural skin care products. With innovative ideas and implementation of new technologies, she was able to establish a platform that offers not only quality products but also valuable information for customers. I’ll say 2 things up front: 1) I have not used her products before, but 2) I get pitched on occasion for a wide variety of guest posts and this one stood out from the start. There are some great and actionable tips below, so let me get out of the way and let Gehana take it from here!     Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to dramatically change your lifestyle to see significant changes in your health. Every dramatic improvement in your health can be started […]

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Your limitations need tested… Regularly

I was a 15-year-old 3-sport athlete that was fortunate enough to play in highly competitive leagues that typically led to great opportunities at the next level. Baseball and Football were my top 2 sports, and (humble brag alert) I was on track to play one or both of these in college… And maybe get paid to do it. Basketball, on the other hand, was the spot I played in the winter to stay in shape without the dreaded (and required) winter lifting program that came as a side to the main dish that was the football team. Throughout all of these practices, games, off-season conditioning programs, fights, and the like, I had learned to push my body and mind in ways previously unimagined. Every day led to increased strength and confidence as I became accustomed to my growing self. But it was a sequence during this afterthought of a sport […]

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Better with friends – Benefits of working out with others (guest blogger – Kaylee)

Hi, Team! This post comes to you from Kaylee who teamed up with Woodside to create this awesome infographic centered on a healthier you! I think they have some great tips and ideas, so naturally, I couldn’t wait to share the infographic with you. Take it away, Kaylee – Enjoy!     Everyone wants to be as healthy and strong as they can be—from day to day and year to year. But finding the time and energy, as well as the motivation, to do that can be a struggle. But there’s a widely available and immensely enjoyable method to combat that struggle: group workouts. The thing about getting healthy is, it’s easier to do with other people. That includes eating well and getting to the gym. When you workout with others, their fitness level can inspire you to improve yours, too. And when you take a class that’s led by […]

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Mike’s top 5 podcasts of 2017 (and how it compares with 2016)

I wrote the 2016 version of this list at this time last year and it’s interesting to see the changes and similarities from one year to the next. First of all, I’m still bigly into podcasts. There’s no limit to what you can learn and enjoy in podcast form these days, which is one of the reasons why so many people are subscribing, listening, and utilizing. We’ve got murder mysteries, fictional stories, audiobooks, sports, comedy, … I mean, the better question may be, “What can’t you find in a podcast?”   Personally, although I have continued enjoying podcasts, some of my top 5 have changed and some have remained the same. Let’s start with some of the Top 5 from 2016 that didn’t make the cut this year (and my reasoning):   Last year #5 – The NPR Politics Podcast   2 major factors were at work here that drove […]

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Cathartic reflections on an anxiety riddled 7-months

I wrote what’s below at 10:00 pm on day-2 of our recent beach vacation (also 2 days after completing the acquisition of MFD). I went back-and-forth on whether or not to publish this article. Perhaps it would be best served as just a personal exercise for me getting some of these thoughts out of my head and onto the page, but… Anxiety has been something I’ve dealt with indirectly for a decent amount of time, and although this was my first real bout, many people we know have gone toe-to-toe with the anxiety foe at one time or another. If you can relate, maybe this will speak to you. If not, I’ll be back to the financial posts and uplifting (attempting) humorous posts next week. As always, thanks for being here!   -Mike   (ps- it takes a couple paragraphs for me to find some traction. Bear with me)   […]

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19 Breakthrough ways proven to increase testosterone naturally (guest blogger – Paul)

Hi, Team! I am thrilled to bring you the below article and infographic from Paul over at DNA lean! Last time, Paul covered different methods to help boost your weight-loss, but today he’s tackling the all-important testosterone levels. If you’re missing a little of the old spark, or if you’re just gathering some info for future days… Paul has you covered. I enjoyed having him back on the site and I hope you will too! Thanks for reading! -Mike   How to increase testosterone Testosterone is the hormone that literally separates the men from the boys, in fact during puberty, it is the increase in the hormone testosterone that is largely responsible for the transition of a boy into a man. Science has demonstrated that a high testosterone level can boost athletic performance, increase muscle mass/muscle tone, heighten libido and confidence amongst other desirable benefits. It is therefore of no coincidence […]

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Don’t decide to lose 60lbs – decide to pack your workout clothes

First off – I understand that I can be crazy, but please understand that I have my reasons. I don’t do crazy for crazy’s sake. I do crazy (at times) because that’s what moves me toward my goals.     A few weeks ago, I was walking out of the bathroom at work when a coworker spotted me. It must’ve been quite a site. Those of you that workout know that feeling that takes place shortly after a good run. You’ve already taken a cold shower with hopes the sweating will die down, but it doesn’t. So now you have the awkward combination of wet shower hair and sweat beads on your forehead. Let’s not omit the towel around my shoulders, the untucked Polo shirt, and bare feet… (I had forgotten my work shoes at my desk and was hoping no one would spot me – miss. And yes, we […]

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The importance of quality sleep (guest blogger – Mel)

I’m stoked to say that Mel – our resident clinical research nurse – is back with another great post!   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 world-renowned hospital system. She has been gracious enough to share some of her knowledge on the importance of quality sleep with us and we’re thrilled that’s the case!   Have you ever said to yourself, “I could really go for a good night’s sleep?”  Or, “What I wouldn’t do for a good night’s sleep!”  Well, you are not alone!  Sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being*.  It is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.  Our bodies function best with enough quality sleep.  Think of sleep like medicine that needs to be taken regularly.  Sure, we’ve all skipped a dose […]

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