Runner, thinker, curious observer. Owner of In Fitness And In Health. Chicago, IL.

Blurring the lines between physical and spiritual experience

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Mid-June, 2019.

The alarm goes off at 5 AM. I fall out of bed and slip into my running clothes. I down a pre-made cup of coffee and throw some toothpaste on the pearly whites. I hastily grab my headphones, ID, and keys. Shoes on, out the door.

I hope I’m not too late.

I leave the doorman with a look of blanket confusion as I barrel through the revolving door. It’s early, there’s no traffic. I haul ass down the middle of Chicago’s Wells Street in a panic.

I’m going to be too late.

A few blocks later I…

Death is promised. Meaning is not

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My sister Emily is a Physician Assistant specializing in mental illness and its treatment. She recently made me aware of a phenomenon known as the “Echo Pandemic”, the idea that Covid-19 is clobbering us mentally, causing widespread fear, anxiety and depression.

Like the virus attacks the body, the Echo Pandemic attacks the mind.

She explained there are three main components to the Echo Pandemic:

Financial instability and concern: People are furloughed, unemployed, and less financially stable than ever before. …

Put down the happy pills, pick up a weight

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I’m 33 years old and just went through my first breakup.

Traditionally, I’ve never been one for relationships. They’ve never appealed to me. The idea of incorporating someone else into my life’s frame seemed, well, unnecessary. I’ve always had a lot going on both personally and professionally. I’ve been constantly on the move for as long as I can remember. I didn’t need to add something else to the mix, especially something as (seemingly) complex as a relationship.

A little over a year ago, I met someone who changed my entire outlook. We had many shared values and hobbies. We…

Applying an ancient philosophy to modern wellness

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Stoicism is an ancient philosophical framework for living well.

Its principal focus is to live virtuously, maximize happiness and reduce negative emotions. It teaches us how to deal with adversity, how to handle prosperity and how to stay balanced through the inevitable ups and downs of everyday life.

Namely, Stoicism is about understanding control. About knowing what we can control and what we can’t. About accepting the things that happen to us, even the bad things, and not letting them deter us from our mission. …

Most people have no idea what they’re talking about

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The fitness world is full of charlatans.

This isn’t news. Myself and others have talked about it ad nauseam. All it takes is a few trips down your Instagram news feed to see it in practice. Unqualified “fitness professionals” peddling this supplement or that training program. All for five easy payments of $59.95.

I’m willing to bet most of you can see beyond the facade. You’ve got enough sense to know what’s legitimate and what’s garbage. It comes with seeing hundreds and hundreds of posts all saying a variation of the same thing.

Yet many of us still fall for…

It’s not just about the weights you lift.

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Building muscle is all the rage these days.

With the utter domination of movie franchises like Marvel’s Avengers in recent years, looking like Thor or Black Widow or Captain America has skyrocketed to the top of everyone’s list. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that…so long as you take a healthy approach.

Problem is, when you’re only concerned with aesthetics, you miss the forest through the trees. Overly ambitious workout regimens, restrictive diets, expensive supplements and unrealistic expectations are common traps people fall into when trying to build the body of their dreams.

When I started prioritizing muscle growth…

And how it helped him achieve G.O.A.T. status

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I recently finished ESPN’s “The Last Dance” for the second time, a ten-part miniseries chronicling the 1997–1998 Chicago Bulls team that went on to win its sixth NBA championship.

From a story-telling standpoint, it’s a masterpiece. The way the filmmakers wove compelling sub-stories throughout an overarching narrative made for a fascinating and emotional multi-hour experience. I can confidently say I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

While the miniseries may have been structured and even titled around the team, the focal point was obviously and of course Michael Jordan. A once-in-a-lifetime basketball talent. One of the…

This is how to ensure you go about it the right way

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Ours is a world of instant gratification. Just refresh your favorite social media news feed and note how quickly you’re inundated with ads and posts peddling the latest “get rich quick” scheme. People want everything the world has to offer, and they want it right now.

Problem is, it doesn’t stop with making money. There are just as many “get fit quick” schemes out there. Influencers and savvy marketers selling you a vision of fitness that simply doesn’t exist for you and me. A vision of wealth, beauty and washboard abs. …

Yes it’s cold. Yes it’s snowy. Keep pushing.

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Staying on top of your fitness during the cold winter months is tough.

The days are short, the nights are long. The air is cold and dry. Chances are there’s snow on the ground, disrupting your favorite outdoor activities. Personally, I love going for long walks in the woods during winter. But I love it less when I have to trudge through a foot of snow for hours on end. No matter how beautiful everything looks.

For me, getting through these long gray months with my sanity intact comes down to one simple thing: remembering why I workout in the…

Coming from someone who’s fasted for years

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This post is guaranteed to ruffle some feathers.

I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting (IF) on and off for about five years now. Ever since a buddy of mine lost thirty pounds using the 16:8 method (16 hour fasting window, 8 hour eating window), I’ve been fascinated.

I’ve gotten my hands on much of the literature, including Dr. Jason Fung’s The Complete Guide to Fasting as well as The Obesity Code. I’ve experimented with 16:8 as well as 20:4 (20 hour fasting window, 4 hour eating window) and 5:2 (two 24 hour fasts per week). …

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