Being Bruce -: March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Six Reasons To Move Everyday

Let's get moving!

How about a refresher? You may know most of all of this arguments in favor of exercise, but perhaps not. From the Canadian health and fitness blog ParticipACTION.

Friday, March 28, 2014

So Is Coffee Good For You or Not?

I was wondering the same question since I recently started drinking coffee again after quitting for about a year and a half. I didn't quit because of any problems, in fact one of my doctors questioned why I was stopping because of coffee's antioxidants and because it's good for your liver. However, I'd been a committed coffee drinker for more than 40 years and I was wondering if I was hooked. Because of our involvement with Team Beachbody Marge and I are both exploring nutrition and what we eat and drink so I decided to cut out coffee, at least for a while.

Turns out I didn't have a big problem quitting coffee .. no headaches or withdrawal symptoms, and no noticeable lack of energy or alertness. So no real drama either way.

About a month or so ago I decided to drink coffee again. Frankly I was getting bored with tea (sorry tea fans) and decided I'd switch back.

This recent post from the Mayo Clinic address possible concerns. Fortunately I have none of the contraindicators, so I guess I'll keep on with the bean.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vigorous Exercise Beats Moderate Exercise for Flu Prevention

"Just walk more."

So we all hear that, right? And yes, moderate exercise is better than no exercise and for many, many people, walking a few miles a day would be a marvelous step (joke) in the right direction. However, it turns out that really vigorous exercise, like running, playing soccer, or going for a hard bike ride may do a lot more for you in terms of disease prevention. Here's a recent study reported by BBC News that makes just that point,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

8 Ingredients To Avoid Like the Plague

If it tastes good it must be good for you, right? Um, no, not necessarily. This helpful slide show from Men's Health magazine gives the low down on 8 ingredients you do not want in your food.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hump, Spinal, and Lunge - What They Have in Common.

Yep, it's all about stretching and the three stretches you should do every day, according to Women's Health magazine. Check it out.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sugar Worse for You Than Marijuana?

According to a recent article from Women's Health Magazine, more Americans think sugar is a greater health hazard than pot. What do you think? Are you with the majority on this one?

Here's the article:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fight Inflammation With Diet for Faster Recovery

I'm not a nutritionist, but I am interested in how food can help or hinder health and recovery from injury. Here's an excellent article from Athletics Weekly on how your food choices can effect recovery.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Please Be Weird

How does it feel to work with a $750+ million corporation with a CEO that encourages you to "be weird and love yourself for it"?

Awesome, that's how it feels. Check out Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler's latest blog post where he encourages everyone to "be weird". CLICK HERE.

If you'd like to know more about what we do, why we do it, and how you can be weird with us and help make the world a better place, give me a shout or check out this link:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

6 Hot Tips for Using Selfies in Your Marketing!

So if you've been on social media or read any popular media the last few weeks, you've likely seen Ellen's Twitter-halting selfie at the Academy Awards.

Here's one I took recently drinking Shakeology after a workout.

For a real expert's look at selfies in marketing, check out Kim Garst's post:

And, oh yeah, don't forget to drink your Shakeology..

Monday, March 17, 2014

Chocolate Pills for a Healthier Heart?

Don't jump out of your seats yet, but some pretty heavy hitters on the medical research scene are running what could be a definitive test on the health benefits of chocolate.

Check out this Associated Press story as reported in Yahoo Health:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Light Up Your Brain With Exercise

Ever wonder why many people (including possibly yourself) truly enjoy exercise so much? I mean, sure, exercise is pretty much universally touted as being 'good for you', but can it really get you high? Huh? Well, I'm not so sure about the 'getting high' part, but this article from Fast Company about what really goes on in our brains when we exercise is enlightening. Check it out.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Fifth Year Anniversary!!

It's hard for us to believe that Shakeology has only been available for five years. Marge and I have been drinking Shakeology for breakfast or lunch almost every day since January 20, 2011. Thanks to Shakeology we've lost weight, have loads of energy, we're healthier than we've ever been, and we both got off cholesterol medicine we'd been on for 11 years.

For more on the Shakeology anniversary, click this link:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Orange Dream Shake

This shake is simple to make and absolutely delicious. It's also amazingly good for you. The recipe is simple, just mix the other ingredients with a single scoop or single serving pack of Vanilla Shakeology.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Are You Leaving the Best Part on Your Plate?

Oh-oh. It turns out many of us were taught to discard some of the healthiest parts of fruits and vegetables. After reading this article from Huffington Post's Healthy Living I know I've missed out. Check it out.

Monday, March 10, 2014

How Does Shakeology Work?

If you follow this blog or my posts on Facebook, you know that Marge and I are totally committed to including Shakeology as part of our daily menu for healthy nutrition. Fairly often we're asked what's the big deal about Shakeology, whether by people who are looking for a healthy meal replacement shake, people who want to control their weight, or folks who are just curious.

I'm not a nutritionist or a food scientist so I can't with any accuracy tell you exactly how Shakeology works, which is why the article below is a valuable resource - it's short and not technical, but it clearly explains how this wonderful meal replacement shake works.

I can tell you how Shakeology has changed my life. Very specifically, by changing my diet to include Chocolate Shakeology for lunch, within 100 days I went from unhealthy to healthy: my weight dropped from 181.5 to 153 pounds, my body fat from 25% to 17%, and my doctor took me off cholesterol medicine I'd been on for 11 years. Because of Shakeology's low glycemic index my cravings for junk food, especially handfuls of cookies in the afternoon totally disappeared. So that's my story and that's why I'm a huge fan of Shakeology and why I love to talk about it and help other people see if it's good for them, too.

But here's the definitive article so you can see for yourself: CLICK HERE.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Healthy Chocolate Snack Bars? You bet!

Guilt free CHOCOLATE bars!
Just because you're eating a healthy diet doesn't mean you have to give up snacks. Check out this latest concoction using Beachbody's Chocolate Shakeology. (Note to vegans - regular Chocolate Shakeology uses whey protein, but you can use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology instead to totally avoid animal products.)

Here's the recipe:
1. Combine Shakeology, oats, peanuts, and raisins in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
2. Add almond milk and peanut butter; mix well.
3. Press mixture into 8x8 inch baking pan; cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours
4. Sprinkle with peanuts if you're fancy.
5. Cut in 24 bars and enjoy (just not all 24 at once).

#chocolate #Shakeology

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sugar Loses

Ready to cut your daily sugar intake by 67%? Ready for some more crying and screaming from food producers, perhaps especially kids' cereal manufacturers? The World Health Organization, which a few years back suggested keeping daily sugar content, including especially sugar added to processed foods, to less than 5%. The current U.S. average is 15%. Check out this article published this week by the Associated Press in London.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Coffee Wins

After 18+ months of almost no coffee, and just a little green tea, I've recently started drinking black coffee again. When I originally decided to stop and mentioned it to my doctor he asked why, specifically because coffee is a strong antioxidant and good for the liver. Anyway, I just started again in the last two weeks and this article from Runners World supports my decision.

Crucial Networking Tips

OK, so you've tried networking...and it isn't working for you. Why is that? Could it be that you're there but not "really there"? Check out this recent article from Inc. Magazine

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Is Pepperoni Pizza Better For You After 65?

How about you? Here's an interesting study: excess animal protein is most dangerous between 50 and 65 but might actually be more healthy for you after 65 according to a recent study reported by ABC. Hmmm, I'm 67, does that mean I should call the pizza place tonight and hang out at the deli instead of the coffee shop? Um, maybe not for me, but read this article to decide for yourself.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Quick Tips for Business Networkers

Are you just starting a new business or maybe a new job that requires you build a personal, local sphere of influence (jargon for "a bunch of people who know and like you")?

Business networking may be the fastest way to get your list of good business contacts off the ground, but many people don't know where and how to begin. I've written a book about mastering networking events, but I won't even put a link for it here (hint - it's on Amazon), but today I found a very helpful article by networking coach Wendy Terwelp on

So check out
Top 10 Tips to Crank-Up Your Business Network at

Monday, March 3, 2014

What About People Who Don't Get It?

If you're actively involved in networking, whether IRL (in real life) or limited to social media, you likely are questioned by family, friends, colleagues and co-workers. Why do you do this? Does it matter? Does it work? Is it a waste of time? Sometimes you may even ask those questions of yourself.

If people aren't successfully using connections to enhance their lives, business and personal, they will naturally doubt. Trying to explain it all, especially to people who are severely cynical, can be difficult at best and quickly exhausting.

Today I found a helpful post on PEG Networker with helpful explanations and eye-catching graphics. Check it out at:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

In the news... Massage, Kettlebells, Smiling, and Motivation - Articles I found interesting this past week.

It occurred to me (duh!) recently that I spend a lot of time reading articles, news, and posts from other sources about health, fitness, and both personal and business development that maybe I could help like-minded folks by publishing a weekly post that aggregates some of this other information. NO way I am going to be inclusive of everything that's out there, I just want to find and point out what I think may be helpful info. Love to hear some comments on this first attempt. - Bruce


Lately I've been considering getting a massage, maybe on a regular basis for general health and well being, to de-stress and chill out a bit. I know lots of people who get and swear by regular massages, but I don't know much myself. This article from Mark's Daily Apple earlier this week was helpful.


Kettlebells. I've only been aware of kettlebells for a couple of years but I hear more people are using them. Why? This article from Shape  helped me understand more about their appeal.

Personal Development

Wow, this matters! I've always been big on smiling, but I never knew there were so many studies about smiling and health. Check out this video by Ron Gutman published on TED.

Business Development

One of the toughest things for people who are independently growing their own business can be motivation. So what motivates people? An article that just posted today on addresses this very topic.

So there you have it, the first four articles. What do you think? Love some comments here, or find me on Facebook, follow me, and share your thoughts.