The Push Up Tree

The push-up tree is the point in my run where I stop and do 50 push-ups before continuing. The tree represents adversity on the horizon, but I know it's coming. I know when I get there, there's going to be some hard work, yet I run toward it anyway. At first, the push-up tree was an inconvenience … Continue reading The Push Up Tree

Top 5 Reasons to Practice Yoga

In this post, Level 1 Life contributing author Christine Wilcox, M.S., shares her top five reasons to practice yoga. Christine is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor and Holistic Health Coach in Syracuse, NY. If you have questions for Christine, let us know on our "Connect" page!  There are many different styles of yoga from Hatha to … Continue reading Top 5 Reasons to Practice Yoga

Call to Action

noun an exhortation or stimulus to do something in order to achieve an aim or deal with a problem. (in advertising material) a piece of content intended to induce a viewer, reader, or listener to perform a specific act, typically taking the form of an instruction or directive (e.g. buy now or click here ). … Continue reading Call to Action

Decision Making 101

Do you ever feel like your time is dictated by someone else's agenda? Like companies, parents, friends, or societal pressures are making your decisions for you. Do you feel out of control in the way you answer the following questions: What diet modifications should I make to optimize health? Should I buy, lease, or pay … Continue reading Decision Making 101

Discipline Equals Freedom

Think of discipline as a hot-air balloon, the structure holding together the chaos of daily life, allowing lift. Without the nylon material, the vessel for the air, we would all be grounded. -Daily discipline in budgeting tells you where you in your monthly financial walk, and lets you know what you can do without guilt … Continue reading Discipline Equals Freedom


Studies have shown that there are both positive and negative types of stress. Negative stress is the type we all think about when we hear the word "stress." It can lead to burn-out, weight-gain, sleep disruption, depression, and so on. Positive stress is called eustress, defined as moderate or normal psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial … Continue reading You-Stress

Balance in the Level 1 Life, Defined

bal·ance noun 1. an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. 2. a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. Remember with this concept: "Correct proportions." In his book, "The One Thing", prolific author Gary Keller proposes that a balanced life is a myth, that there … Continue reading Balance in the Level 1 Life, Defined

The King of Swings

Check out Tim Ferriss's writeup on one of his (and ours) favorite exercises: The Kettlebell Swing The Kettlebell Swing is a dynamic, explosive (but controlled) movement that hits most systems associated with muscular, skeletal, and cardiovascular growth. The barrier-to-entry in swinging is low (all you need is a kettlebell), and it can be used … Continue reading The King of Swings

Level 1 Fitness Cycle

Looking at different workout options for this year and not sure where to start? Here's a suggestion called the Level 1 Fitness Cycle. As always, seek out the assistance of a professional trainer or local gym to implement your plan! The four-day cycle repeats itself like this: 1. Heart and Lungs Day Move yourself to … Continue reading Level 1 Fitness Cycle

2016 Focus Factor Tracking

Part of planning for a new year must involve reflecting on the year that is ending. Remember how you feel today - take inventory of 2016 in all six focus factor areas and track your progress in each. How are you measurably tracking your focus factors? Here are some ideas for ways to to gauge progress: Food: … Continue reading 2016 Focus Factor Tracking

Formula for Fitness Success in 2017

When it comes to fitness (and food), fads abound. It's at about this time of year that gyms will see memberships skyrocket, then taper off by the end of February. This is an example of our "quick-fix" mentality in action. We find ourselves using microwaves when we should be using crock-pots. Folks go to the … Continue reading Formula for Fitness Success in 2017