Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform – Reforming the way you care for your health.

You probably thought this post was going to be political.  It’s not.

Money is not the only form of currency you possess in life.  Amongst relationships, location, and time, fitness is pretty high up there on the list.  You only get one body to do it all in.  Work, play, travel, think, love, sleep, breathe, eat, LIVE.  If you’re like me and have a large “bucket list” of things you want to accomplish before you leave this world, you’d better make sure your one vehicle to do it in is being properly maintained.

Knowing vs. Doing

Everyone KNOWS what they need to do in order to improve on their health: Eat right, get proper rest, exercise, and reduce (and in some cases avoid) stress.  Why does no one do it? As Ramit Sethi says, “People love to debate minutae”.  We’d rather spend our energy TALKING about how to – get in better shape, sleep better, eat better, solve stress – than we do actually DOING it.

So where does motivation come from?  There’s hundreds of ways to get yourself motivated, and if taking care of yourself is one of those “someday” things you’d like to check off on your list of life’s accomplishments, then you probably already know what DOESN’T work.  Let me share something that does.

Enter Daily Burn:

There’s a whole list of sites out there that can help you with fitness questions, nutrition tracking, workout goals, and motivation.  Daily Burn just so happens to offer all of them for free.  It is by far the best site that I’ve found for all things health and fitness related.  There are even iPhone and iGoogle apps that make NOT taking action harder than it is to actually do something.

As someone who (most days) works out alone, sometimes finding motivation can be a little difficult.  Daily Burn has the answer for that also.  Using Motivators (online users who are able to see your progress if you allow them), you stay accountable to your goals.  Everyone that you select as a Motivator can see your goals, progress, and achievements.  It’s the social network of working out!  The Fitness Challenges are also a plus for those looking for some competition.  From weight loss (“I want to lose 5 lbs in the next 3 months”) to team goals (“Our team wants to lift _____lbs” – each member literally “pulls their own weight” to reach the team goal), it’s all there.

“What gets measured, gets managed” – Peter Drucker

If you could fast forward into the future 30 years, what would your 30-year-older self look and feel like, based upon what you’re doing with and for your body now?  Most of what will happen then is within your control now.  Instead of sitting on the “butcher paper” and potentially hearing bad news from your doctor, take the first step toward a clean bill of health and take care of yourself.  If you’re already on the right track, keep it up (and maybe an extra challenge, kick it up another notch)!

The best healthcare you can give yourself is the one that’s within your control.  Motivation + measurement + tenacity = hitting your goals.  Hit me up and we can motivate each other.  Good luck!


Check out these sites for some added health fun: – As weather gets warmer, more people take their fitness outdoors. has all the tools you need to plan and prepare for fun in nature.  Using the “Trail Finder” feature – An open-source map of outdoor adventure in areas close by where you live – I’ve used this service on more than one occasion to find new spots in the city for family outings, hiking and biking trips, and great places to go to relax.  Maps are updated and commented on by users.  If you have something to add, sign up and leave a comment!

Crossfit – “Forging Elite Fitness” – You’ve probably seen a Crossfit decal on someone’s car or heard about their gyms by now.  Crossfit takes fitness to the next level.  Their website offers workout plans that are updated daily and has links to many online communities that support their style of fitness.  Many of the exercises here are found in Daily Burn’s library of exercises, and can be added to a custom workout plan on DB also if they’re not.  (WARNING: Crossfit is not for the faint-hearted, literally.  This is not a fitness plan that you’ll want to jump into if you’ve been out of the exercise/fitness loop for a while.  Work your way up and then join the community.)

Vibram Five Fingers – These goofy-looking shoes are getting more and more press lately.  Not only do they look cool, but they feel cool (I’m a little biased – I love these shoes!).  VFF’s, which started out as an outdoor shoe, are being spotted across gyms and fitness centers across the world.  Check their site to see if a local shoe store carries them and try a pair out, you won’t regret it!

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  1. David Crandall - March 26, 2010 1:48 pm

    Great article. I’m on the last 25lbs of my weight loss goal (already lost 40lb) and am at the point that something like Daily Burn would really help. Definitely going to check it out.

    And I agree 100% about the Vibrams. I’d wear them to work if I could get away with it!!!

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  5. Dan Thull - April 14, 2010 1:47 am

    being healthy is easy, but alot of mental. all you have to do is eat right (fruits, veggies, and junk food in moderation) and exercise daily. walk for 20 minutes, run for 20 minutes. do push ups, crunches, sit ups. just be active. and laugh lots!

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