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Are Acai Bowls Healthy? (The Truth About the Acai Berry) – Personal Development Article

It’s time to get the lowdown on acai bowls. Are they healthy? Should you be eating this “superfood” for weight loss? Or do Americans eat acai with so much sugar that it overrides the benefits of this antioxidant-rich fruit… We’ve had lots of questions about acai from our 1-on-1 coaching clients, so we decided to explore this “superfood” extensively and share our research below!  There’s a lot of claims on the best tools for weight loss. Have a Nerd Fitness…

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The Neuroscience of Anxiety | Scott H Young – Self Improvement Article

Few things are as unpleasant as anxiety. With the explosion of interest in mindfulness meditation and books like The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, I’m hardly alone in wanting to worry less. Recently, I read Anxious by NYU neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux. LeDoux is an expert on a lot of the neural processes behind fear and anxiety, and this book offers fascinating insights into the underlying mechanisms that make miserable. At the same time, however, Anxious isn’t an easy…

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Get 50% Off – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Black Friday deal: click here to get 50% off Blinkist(On the next page, click Start 7-day free trial to get the discount) To reach your full potential, it’s important that you invest in your self-education. Knowledge is power and having a knowledge advantage will take you far in life. To help you do that, there is a Blinkist Black Friday deal for you: for a limited time, you can get 50% off Blinkist subscription. Blinkist is an app that helps…

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Mediterranean Diet Beginner’s Guide (Pasta for Weight Loss?) – Personal Development Article

So it’s time to learn about the Miditerranean Diet? Maybe you heard it’s one of the best diets for overall health? Or perhaps you’ve decided it’s time to lose some weight and you’re searching for a sustainable diet? No matter what your motive, you’ve arrived at the right place! We analyze different diets as part of our 1-on-1 Online Coaching, and we are really flippin good at it! Is the Mediterranean Diet right for you? Maybe! Let our coaches help…

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A Subtle Mistake People Make When Trying to Grow Their Careers – Self Improvement Article

In early Top Performer pilots (before we even called it Top Performer) Cal and I made a fairly subtle mistake about the process of acquiring career skills. It’s one I’ve seen many people make when thinking about improving their career, so I think it’s worth exploring here in case you might be making it too. A big part of our course is creating a skill-building project. The goal is to cultivate rare and valuable skills which form the foundation for…

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The Obvious Way to Improve Your Career (That Might Not Be So Obvious) – Self Improvement Article

Sometimes the obvious advice you need to hear isn’t obvious to you. Here’s an example of this that happened just last week. A guy on Twitter asked me if I did coaching. He felt stuck in his career and wanted to pay me to give him advice. I don’t do individual coaching (at least for money) but, I was curious so I asked him to send me some details of his situation to see if I could help. Here were…

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Bent-Over Row: A Guide for Dumbbell and Barbell Training – Self Improvement Article

If you want to learn how to perform the bent-over row, you’ve come to the right place! We help many of our coaching clients jumpstart their strength training practice, including how to perform rows safely and effectively. Have a Nerd Fitness Coach guide your strength training. Learn more here! Today we’ll show you exactly how our clients get started with bent-over rows. Here’s what we’ll cover in today’s guide: A quick note: we have compiled ALL of our strength training…

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7 Elements Of A Perfect Morning Routine You Will Actually Stick To – Self Improvement Article

I’m a big believer in the power of morning routine. I think that if you can kick ass first thing in the morning, you’re much more likely to remain in control of your day. But I also think that the reason why so many of us fail to stick to it, despite best intentions, is that too often we try to use other people’s ideas of what a perfect morning ritual should include. All that “10 minutes meditation followed by…

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Why I Became an Entrepreneur – Self Improvement Article

I’ve run my own business for over a decade, writing and selling books and courses. In the beginning, it was just me. For the last few years, I’ve had a small team. When I see people promoting entrepreneurship, the reasons for it are usually simple: more money, greater freedom, no boss. But for me, the biggest draw to running a business was the pure meritocracy of it. If you can sell stuff, you make money. If you can’t, too bad.…

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How Often Should I Work Out? (Building an Exercise Routine) – Self Improvement Article

So you decided to start working out! Amazing! Now you’re left with the inquiry: “How often should I work out?” We answer questions just like this in our 1-on-1 Online Coaching Program, and today we’ll explore what we teach our clients: A Nerd Fitness Coach can build a workout schedule and guide your training! Click here to learn more. Here’s what we’ll cover in today’s guide: If you’re just starting your fitness journey, make sure you grab our guide Strength…

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Should I Eat Fruit? Is Fruit Good for You? – Personal Development Article

Want to know how fruit fits into a healthy diet? It’s a valid question! After all, it’s absolutely possible to lose weight eating fruit…and GAIN weight eating fruit!  This is an area of focus for our 1-on-1 Coaching clients, but we’re gonna tell you everything you need to know below too. How much fruit should you be eating? Let us help you decide! Today we’ll help you determine how much fruit, and what kind of fruit, you should be eating. …

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My Best Book Recommendations | Scott H Young – Self Improvement Article

Over the years, I’ve read hundreds of books and recommended more than a few on this blog. Below, I’ve organized the best books I’ve read. If you’re looking to expand your library with something great, these are some of my favorites. My 5 Favorite Books Below I’ve lumped books into specific categories. However, these five books have impacted me the most: Getting Things Done. The best book on personal productivity, it inspired me as it has countless others with a…

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The HIIT Workout for Home (Interval Training for Living Rooms) – Personal Development Article

If you thought High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) was something you had to do at the gym, think again! We help many of our coaching clients begin at-home workouts, including HIIT routines, and today we’ll share with you exactly how to train without a gym. No gym? No problem! Let our coaches build you an at-home workout! Here’s what we’ll cover in today’s guide for HIIT at home: Let’s do this thing! What Is High-Intensity Interval Training? HIIT is just following…

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The Overhead Press: Ultimate How-To Beginners Guide – Personal Development Article

If you want to learn the overhead press, you’ve come to the right place! We help many of our coaching clients pick up barbells for the first time, including how to perform the overhead press safely and effectively. Have a Nerd Fitness Coach guide your barbell training. Learn more here! Today we’ll share the same lessons we teach our clients so you can get started with the overhead press. Here’s what we’ll cover: A quick note: we have compiled this…

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The Complete Guide to Self-Control – Self Improvement Article

Indulge now and pay the price later? Or wait a little and reap bigger rewards in the future? Many of life’s biggest challenges come down to a simple trade off. Self-control isn’t easy. But it is possible to make it easier. In this guide, I’ve teamed up with cognitive science PhD student Jakub Jilek for another complete guide to understand the science of willpower and discipline. Like research-based complete guides like this one? Be sure to check out our other…

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How to Build Muscle as a Woman (Workouts and Diet) – Self Improvement Article

If you are interested in learning how to gain weight the right way, you have come to the right place!  My name is Staci Ardison. I overcame an eating disorder, discovered a love for heavy strength training, and now I help women like you get stronger for a living. Believe it or not, I’m 50 pounds heavier in the photo on the right (and WAY stronger, and healthier, and happier!). I’m currently a lead coach here in the Nerd Fitness…

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Thinkers vs Doers: Who Gives Better Advice? – Self Improvement Article

What makes someone an expert? The word is often used to refer to two different types of people: A skilled practitioner. Someone who has personally achieved a high level of performance in a given field. A knowledgeable theorist. Someone who has studied, argued, researched and theorized about how a field works. In short, doers and thinkers. This distinction tends to hold across many domains. An excellent pilot, or an expert in aviation. A crack coder, or a computer scientist. Legendary…

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5 steps money & fulfilment business formula – Self Improvement Article

If I had to describe the best formula to create a business that not only brings money but also an enormous amount of fulfilment and satisfaction, I’d say it’s an intersection between two things: 1. What you’re most passionate about, and… 2. What other people are willing to pay you for Now, sometimes our dreams and passions will be completely personal and self-absorbed. And that’s perfectly fine, we shouldn’t expect to earn a living from those things. But if you want to…

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Today Is Life Optimizer’s 13th Anniversary – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

On September 7, 2006, I published the first post at Life Optimizer. That was 13 years ago! At that time, I was taking my master’s degree overseas. Personal development had been a passion of mine and I decided to start a blog. It was a (very) slow start. For months, I barely had anybody read my writings. But fortunately, it then got some traction. In 2009, I made enough from the blog to quit my day job. Fast forward to…

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Is stress killing your focus & creativity? Try this. – Self Improvement Article

Do you ever feel like stress and anxiety are overtaking your life? Peace, focus and creativity are slipping away and it feels like you’re your days are just about ticking off the never-ending to-do list?     Welcome to the club. I’m currently a woman on a mission, and that mission is to bring back more focus, creativity and calm into my life.  Here are some of the things I’ve tried so far:  Lying on the bed and doing nothing else but listening to the music (I don’t…

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How to Worry Less What Other People Think Of You – Self Improvement Article

Human beings are social animals, and so it’s by design that we’re obsessed what other people think of us. Being ostracized was a death sentence in premodern times, so it wasn’t an irrational fear. Yet, worrying what people think of you can be a huge obstacle to doing things. We live in a world with countless people. No matter what you do, some of those people won’t approve. That feeling that somebody, somewhere, might be judging you can kill your…

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Shooting Yourself in the Foot: Five Ways Internal Competition Kills Productivity – Productivity Article

“How can we trust one another if we’re competing in a dog-eat-dog culture? Instead of trust, fear prevails.” —Evan Rosen, executive director of The Culture of Collaboration Institute. In military and police organizations, the professionals involved are well aware that if they’re not extremely careful, their actions can be lethal to co-workers. Navy SEALS call it “blue-on-blue,” but it’s better known as “friendly fire.” This occurs when personnel find themselves accidentally under fire from their own side. Most police or…

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Make the Most of the 2nd Half of 2019 – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

We are now in early July. That means we have now entered the second half of this year. If you want to make this year your best year ever, you still have six months to do so. Related to that, I’m glad to announce that Purpose Mastery is now open for enrollment! Purpose Mastery is my online course on how to find and live out your purpose in life. The course will help you live your life, not someone else’s…

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The Best Articles on Learning – Self Improvement Article

Learning matters to everything you do in life. Here are the best articles I’ve written on the subject. The 5 Best Articles Although I’ve written hundreds of articles on the subject, if you’re not sure where to start, read these five: How to Start Your Own Ultralearning Project (Part One, Part Two) – The process behind taking on ambitious projects to learn hard things. The Complete Guide to Memory – Everything you need to know about the science behind long-term…

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How to Squat Properly – A Step-By-Step Guide – Self Improvement Article

One of the best exercises for you, whether you’re trying to build muscle or lose weight (or both) HAS to be the squat. However, it’s also an exercise I see nearly EVERYBODY do incorrectly. Have no fear, after reading this big ass squat guide (pun intended, I suppose?) – part of our Strength 101 series – you can start performing this compound exercise safely and effectively. Click any link below or scroll down to read the whole guide: We work with…

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The Best Articles on Goal-Setting – Self Improvement Article

How can you hit a target you don’t even have? Goal-setting, the process of taking your vague dreams and ambitions, and turning them into concrete targets and plans of action is powerful. Here’s some of my best articles, divided into subtopics. The 5 Best Articles I’ve written hundreds of articles which touch on goal-setting. If you’re not sure where to start, here are the best five: Set Goals in the Middle – Why, for some pursuits, it’s actually better to…

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What Medieval People Got Right About Learning – Self Improvement Article

We tend to assume that if people today and people five hundred years ago do things differently, it’s because we’ve figured out a better way to do it. After all, we have microscopes, democracy and penicillin. People in the middle ages lit cats on fire for fun. Yet despite overwhelming progress, it’s ironically in the area of education that we may be the ones who have it backward. Apprenticeships were, for a long time, the dominant way of learning professional…

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What Should I Do On My Off Days? – Self Improvement Article

“Steve, what am I supposed to do on days when I’m not training?” We get this question all the time here at Nerd Fitness. Since we advise most people to train 3 days per week with full body strength training routines, many Rebels have a few off days each week. When you complete a full body workout routine, or do lots of compound movements like squats, push-ups, overhead presses or deadlifts, our muscles get broken down. Then, over the next 24-48 hours hours, those muscles get rebuilt…

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Managing Your Manager: Four Ways to Create a Productive Relationship – Productivity Article

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” –David Brinkley, American journalist Just because you may lack the title of “manager,” that doesn’t mean you don’t manage other people at work. You manage co-workers sideways, in the sense that you help them when you can and ask for help when necessary. You also “manage up,” managing your own manager’s expectations for you, as well as getting him or her to…

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The Best Articles on Habits – Self Improvement Article

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle The way your life plays out is guided by thousands of habits that make most of your decisions for you. Understanding how those habits work and how to change them is essential. Here are some of my best articles on habits, divided into subtopics. The 5 Best Articles I’ve written hundreds of articles that touch on habits, but if you’re not sure where…

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