Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories

The advantages of treadmill and stand-up desks

The below was actually first written a couple years ago when I was first introduced to stand up and treadmill desks. Now in 2017 I actually work at home and have a standup desk and a treadmill desk. My daily routine consists of standing for a few hours, walking for around 400 calories on the […]

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Why it’s OK for people to circle the block for parking when they go to the gym

Every few months or so I see people posting in blog posts, on social media and sometimes face-to-face something to this effect: You're going to the gym. Why does it matter if you park a few spots farther away? And I used to laugh at that and then I start wondering why is that even […]

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#AdobeSummit 2017 Blog: Data without context and from a party with a stake in outcome can be worthless 

Disclaimer: Adobe invited me to the Adobe Summit North America 2017. This post was not approved by them. They didn’t even get a preview. It’s my opinion and if you agree it’s yours too. 😂🤔 I was still flying to Las Vegas on Day 1 of the conference but was reading the tweets surrounding data […]

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[FITNESS BLOG] What are the best headphones for the gym?

I work out about five or six times a week and I love listening to music while hitting the gym. Other people have told me they like listening to podcasts and others yet like to work out without any audio entertainment. But if you fall into the first two categories, chances are that you’ll need […]

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[FITNESS BLOG] How I plan to lose weight over Thanksgiving

Weight  is one thing I struggle with. It went way up a few years ago, then went way down and then kept going up and down and up and down. It’s like a never ending battle. It’s extremely hard to actually eat the right amount of calories with the size of portions being served in […]

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MEN’S HEALTH: Why not to ignore the little health problems 

I had this pain in my left waist for months, but only when I was laying down. My wife suggested I should maybe go see our family doctor and have him take a look. I’m fine. But you may know how it is. It only hurt from time to time and not that bad even. […]

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[FITNESS BLOG TEST] How accurate is the heart beats per minute on the Fitbit Surge?

I love my Fitbit. It tracks my sleep, steps and heart rate. The heart beats per minute  is probably what I check the least but it’s still interesting to swipe over to from time to time.  I check my tracked sleep daily and know that I need to hit around seven hours without waking to […]

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[FITNESS BLOG]Where to run while visiting Des Moines 

As mentioned in previous blog posts, I’ve found it can be hard to figure out where to go on a run while traveling. So, I like to share where I’ve run while on the road. Today’s city: Des Moines, Iowa.  Gray’s Lake Park has a fantastic trail that leads around the lake and one lap is […]

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[FITNESS BLOG] Does competition or peer pressure help us be more active?

I like to think I’m in charge of my own life and decisions so without any data my answer would be: No. I don’t need tracked competition to be more active. I got it! #boom After all, I’ve been getting close to 10,000 steps per day, lost 130 pounds in recent years and bulked up […]

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[FITNESS BLOG] We always have a choice #gymlife

While on an 11-week travel stretch in early 2016 I had one week that looked like this:  Monday – leave for Boston  Wednesday afternoon – return to Cedar Rapids  Thursday early morning – leave for Atlanta Friday evening – return home What a week, but as I say: “Flying around the world means people want […]

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[FITNESS BLOG] How to get the Fitbit to count steps while pushing a stroller

I was pushing a stroller around San Diego in early 2016. For 2-plus hours. And my Fitbit Surge, the wristband/watch/fitness tracker, gave me credit for like 50 steps – maybe even less. It was just a bit frustrating, because I do want to reach my 10,000 steps every day, but I also want to go […]

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[FITNESS BLOG] How to minimize stopping while running in bigger cities

Running in bigger cities can be interesting for those of us used to more space – like in Iowa or other more open areas. I don’t necessarily mind running with a lot of other people around me, but big-city traffic lights can really cut into my actual running and also split time. (Yea, I’m competitive.) […]

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Yes, I’m always looking to top yesterday’s performance

I used to walk 3 miles, then that felt like old hat and I started running, first slowly, then a little faster, then a little further. I always try to top yesterday. Daily. Every day was a competition with yesterday. Then I would go to the gym at 5 a.m. Sixty minutes was plenty of time. Then […]

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FITNESS BLOG: How to actually get to 10,000 steps in a day 

My perception poll (ha!) found that I see more people with fitness trackers around their wrists than watches. But seriously, fitness trackers are all the rage. I’ve had a few. I first started with the Jawbone, which kept breaking. I then used the latest iPhone, which seemed fancy that it could do that, but I […]

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Sometimes plans need to change – right now!

I’m all in favor of making plans and sticking to them. But sometimes they need to change. Quickly. I was in Orlando in late 2015 for the Healthcare Internet Conference (aka HCIC). My plan was to go run on the treadmill. Running in unfamiliar places can be hard and jumping on the treadmill is usually […]

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We are defined by what we constantly talk about

As I’ve said many times, including on here, on social media and while speaking at conferences: Authentic stories are first lived, then told. But there’s also another way to think about our own authentic stories: We are defined by what we constantly talk about. This includes specific topics or tones of things we say. Specific topics […]

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No excuses: I’m not a runner but I run 

I’ve never considered myself a runner – even during the months I logged 60-80 miles. It just wasn’t and still isn’t how I view myself. I would say that “a running lifter” is more accurate. LOL. But yet I see the positives of running. It feels good, it helps me lose weight or at least […]

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