What I've Been Up To...
Other than getting the farm ready for the impending snow storm, I was on the move yesterday. I took a short drive to help a local man build a workout program for his home. After spending 60 minutes with him, we really laid the groundwork on a good program that they can implement into their daily lives. In this day and age, convenience is important. A 10-20 minute drive to a gym is not always an option so to have the ability to exercise in the comfort of your own home (or office) is a great thing. If interested in setting an appointment (in-home or zoom), text me at (610) 646-1524 and we can get it scheduled!
In addition, if you are reading this newsletter, it is safe to assume you value your health and wellness. I have recently added something new to our wellness programs and I’d like to get your feedback on it. Are you open to checking it out? If so, reply to this email and I will send the info your way!
Fitness Tip of the Week
A few years ago I ran a program called "The 5% Club". The mission for that club would be to lose five percent of your total bodyweight over the course of a year. So, for a 200 pound individual, the goal would be to not only get down to 190 but to stay there. Dropping 5% results in a slew of positive health benefits: blood pressure, joint health, heart/lung function, energy levels, blood work, quality of sleep and more all improve. If maintained over time, so too will your length and quality of life.
The goal with this plan was to slowly chip away at something and put into practice good, long term, sustainable strategies. Sustainable being the key word here. It was not a crash diet or rapid weight loss program. It was a program built on habits. If you are on a mission this new year to drop some weight, remember the tortoise and the hare. Be patient, develop habits that will last, and reap the rewards.
What I've Been Reading
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Stevenson
There are many so-called classics that I have never read and this one fits the bill. It tells the tale of a Dr. Jekyll and a Mr. Hyde which, as we eventually find out, is the same man (spoiler alert!). One is an example of good and the other, an example of evil. As the story goes, the good side slowly loses hold as they become their second, worse self. This is man's dual nature where us humans are all capable of doing good and unfortunately, also doing bad.
As Stevenson puts it, I do not suppose that when a drunkard reasons with himself upon his vice that he is instantly cured of what temptation draws himself towards it. Just as the pull of alcohol lures in the addict, so too do the urges for evil afflict our main character.
What I've Been Watching...
Stand up comedy.
From relatively newcomers like Shane Gillis and Andrew Santino, to legends like Norm Macdonald and Chris Rock, to my all-time favorite Dave Chappelle, I have been taking it all in. These individuals really know how to spin a story and their rhythm and timing while sharing is a thing of beauty. It is hard to have a bad day when you spend some time laughing and these guys get it done for me.
Quote of the Week
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours" -- Henry David Thoreau
I hope you all have an awesome week!Chris Fluck