All posts by Karen Katzenbach

Wil Wheaton, Future You, and How to Play Big in the World

Wil Wheaton, Future You, and How to Play Big in the World

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We all know how important self-care is. And yet, as a health and fitness coach, I talk with people all the time who say that they put everyone else first and suffer for it. Of course, from time to time, we all have too much on our proverbial plates and literally run out of time in a day to do something nice for good ol’ number one.…

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How to Create Change in Your Life When It Feels Impossible

How to Create Change in Your Life When It Feels Impossible

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Making a change in your life can seem a daunting task. The more important something is, the more worried we get about doing it “right,” and ironically, the more likely we become to put it off.

But making those healthier, happier changes is what the Whole Life Challenge is here to help you with, and it’s literally what we do. The WLC is about creating a set of habits that guide you to becoming better and better.…

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How to Take the Routine Out of Your Running and Enjoy It Again

How to Take the Routine Out of Your Running and Enjoy It Again

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For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the weather is warm and it’s time to take our fitness routine outside. If you are like most people, that means strapping on your running shoes and going out for a jog.

Two miles, three miles, five miles. Repeat the next day. And the next. Same speed. Pretty close to the same distance — over and over.…

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How to Build Strong, Healthy Feet with a Barefoot Workout

How to Build Strong, Healthy Feet with a Barefoot Workout

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There are so many things I love about living at the beach: sunny weather, a laid-back lifestyle, fresh seafood every day, nice people (just try to be grumpy here). It’s all so good.

For me, maybe the best part of beach life is being able to go barefoot most of the time. Most stores and restaurants allow ’flops and sandals, and the closer you get to the water the more liberal the “no shirt, no shoes” policy becomes.…

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Have You Fallen Into the Smart Coach Trap?

Have You Fallen Into the Smart Coach Trap?

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I’ve always considered myself a smart person. I did well in school, was on the honor roll, took advanced classes. I still spend a lot of time working on getting smarter: taking courses, reading scientific studies, learning from other professionals. I want to be the smartest coach around — except when I’m actually coaching someone.

I’ve learned over the years that I’m the most effective for my clients when I’m not the smart coach but the good coach.…

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3 Steps to Overcome Resistance and Reach Your Goals

3 Steps to Overcome Resistance and Reach Your Goals

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Steven Pressfield wrote about “the Resistance” in his 2002 book The War of Art. It’s a short (and, for me, transformational) book about overcoming all those thoughts, feelings, ideas and distractions that keep us from doing the things we want to do. You know, things like learning to play guitar, writing the next great American novel, or designing new technology to keep slow drivers from even getting in the left lane to begin with.…

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How to Succeed in the WLC: Focus on Consistency, Not Results

How to Succeed in the WLC: Focus on Consistency, Not Results

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A few weeks into the Whole Life Challenge, you will likely see some significant changes. Focusing on quality food choices, smart exercise choices, and even smarter recovery choices will, without a doubt, impact your health, fitness, and well-being.

It’s very cool to see the number on the scale going down, to feel the waistband of your jeans getting looser, or to know that your two-mile jog is getting easier.…

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How to Create a Winning Team of Voices in Your Head

How to Create a Winning Team of Voices in Your Head

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Fielding a great team is crucial to winning on any playing field. The same is true in building long-term, sustainable health and fitness.

But I’m not talking about your friends, family, co-workers, and gym buddies who are there to help keep you motivated and accountable. Those people are important — but just as important, if not more so, is the team that is with you 24/7, giving you advice, encouragement, or, alas, discouragement no matter what you’re doing.…

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7 Ways to Dial Down Holiday Stress and Actually Enjoy Your Family

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Oh, the holidays. The family gathers for fun, food, and festivities. All the children are scrubbed, dressed, and well-behaved. The perfectly decorated house is full of happy people and polite conversation. There is no talk of football, religion, or politics. The food is tasty and the wine is plentiful — but not too plentiful.

This is how it is for your family, right?…

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