In the words of this week’s featured author, “It’s so important to take back fitness and allow it to encompass health- mental, physical and emotional.” Here’s a vulnerable, inspiring —and  for the fitness industry, unusually rational — story from Michele Burmaster:

What Happened When a Fitness Mag Asked Me for ‘Better Photos’

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“About a week after I submitted my story about how I’m trying to change the face of fitness as we know it to be a more body-positive place where people from all walks of life are truly encouraged and motivated to pursue fitness, I received a response from the editor of the magazine…” Continue Reading

This week’s shareables from Coach Stevo:

And the Magic Bullet for Maintaining Weight Loss Is… “What’s the #1 factor for sustained weight loss 6, 12 or 18 months after starting an exercise and healthy eating program? It’s not motivation. Or willpower. It’s not even fitness level. In the only study that controlled for all those factors and more, researchers discovered that the…” Continue Reading Don’t Fail, Learn! The Right Way to Talk About Your Healthy Habits “One of my jobs as a coach is to subvert client expectations that are not useful to meeting their goals. So “deadlifts” becomes “picking up heavy things.” We don’t “work out,” we “play with kettlebells.” My clients don’t “go on diets,” they “change their eating habits.” And most importantly, they don’t “screw up,” “suck,” “or “fail”; they “learn.”” Continue Reading

And more help from James Clear:

The Myth of Multitasking: Why Fewer Priorities Leads to Better Work “Multitasking forces your brain to switch back and forth very quickly from one task to another. This wouldn’t be a big deal if the human brain could transition seamlessly from one job to the next, but it can’t. Multitasking forces you to pay a mental price…” Continue Reading Why We Act Irrationally: Harvard Psychologist Ellen Langer Reveals the One Word That Drives Our Senseless Habits “It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen Langer and her research team at Harvard University were about to conduct a study that would change our understanding of human behavior. It all started when Langer asked her research assistants to cut in front of innocent people waiting in line at the photocopiers in the library.” Continue Reading

You know more than you think. It’s time for you to share your insights.

You’re in a perfect position, as a coach, to observe the challenges and triumphs of people trying to change their health and fitness behaviors for the better. Habitry would love to help you share your insights with a larger audience.

Just start writing it down. As with a new habit, start small. Choose a headline and build on it. When you get to 500 words, stop, check your spelling and grammar, post, and then share your article with us. You could write about something you learned recently or tell a story inspired by someone you know. It’ll spark a great discussion.

When you post your article, let us know on the Motivate Forum or email me at