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Your Personal Mind-Body Coach

Your mindset is the crucial factor when it comes to slimming down, toning up, and boosting overall well-being. Personal trainer to the stars Joel Harper offers the motivation and guidance you need to achieve your fitness goals, and live life the way you want it to be in this blog. Joel’s blog posts are adapted with permission from his book Mind Your Body.

Your Personal Mind-Body Coach

How Are You Nurturing Your Social Network?

When I say “social network,” I don’t mean electronic communications over an app or a website. I mean in-person, real-time experiences.

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4 Questions Before You Start Your Workout

Not paying attention to what’s happening in your body before your workout can lead to an unsatisfying session and (worse) injury. Ask yourself…

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Be Your Own Cheerleader

Being 100 percent motivated and invested in training yourself will give you the motivation you need to push yourself to the next level.

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Most People Don’t Drink Enough Water. Do You???

Most people don’t drink enough water, but water is so important—for your heart, brain and more! The simple formula…and 2 rules to prevent dehydration.

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Stuck in an Emotional Funk? My Tricks to Get Over It

If you’re feeling stuck in unwanted feelings, I may have just the cure. Easy ways to get past feeling bored…lazy…lonely…self-pity… or sad.

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Don’t Forget to Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Taking the time to celebrate your successes (what I call “jumping for joy”) can boost motivation. But not everyone is so good at self-acknowledgement…

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Tension Tamers for Lower, Middle and Upper Back

The stresses of daily life too-often take a toll on our backs. For relief, try these simple exercises for lower, middle or upper back. And relax!

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Your Secret Weapon Against Worry, Anxiety, Even Temptation

Worry is useless and just fuels anxiety. Here’s the simplest and most effective way to face your fears…and even resist temptation and stick to your goals.

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Writing Helps You Get Healthy—and Reach Your Other Goals, Too!

Do it right, and writing can improve mental and physical health…enhance problem solving, judgment, focus and more. Here are The Rules.

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How to Use Music to Maximize Your Workout

The right music can help you exercise longer and harder than you thought you could…and you’ll enjoy it more to boot.

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Can Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick? Take the Mindset Test

It’s great to want to improve your health…but if you’re head isn’t in the game your body won’t be able to play. Take this test to assess your mindset.

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Do You Push Yourself Hard Enough in Your Workout? How to Tell

Use this rating scale as a fast way to get a read on how hard you are pushing yourself throughout all parts of your workout.

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Stop Sabotaging Your Health and Fitness!

Goals to lose weight and get healthy often get snagged on contradictions in other areas of your life. Do you know how you’re working against yourself?

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Exercises to Beat Anger or Anxiety

Anger and anxiety are normal from time to time, but unhealthy and unproductive over long periods of time. These exercises let it all out.

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Respect Your Commitments—to Others and to Yourself

People with follow-through spend less time struggling with temptation or decision making. You don’t have to be born with it, but practice is essential.

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You Can’t Change What You Refuse to Confront

Your choices helped create your current physique. Here’s how you can uncreate it to get the body you want.

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5 Power Smoothies that Pack a Protein Punch

If you’re wasting calories—and money—on store-bought energy drinks, try these quick-and-nutritious power drinks instead to really fuel your body.

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The Do-Anywhere, No-Excuses Full-Body Workout

This routine works every major muscle of your body. No equipment needed—just your body and gravity. Do it in your hotel, a friend’s guest room…anywhere!

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The Other 23+ Hours: What to Do When You’re Not Exercising

Sure, your exercise daily. But that doesn’t give you permission to sit on your butt for the rest of the day. Here’s how to stay active all day.

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Listen to Your Body About Food

Strike the word “diet” from your vocabulary. By listening to your body, you’ll find an eating plan that works for you—and the weight will come off.