Empowered Living

Giving kids good health and fitness habits for life

Those of us involved with raising children these days are waging a battle with digital devices. We have three children, ages 7, 8 and 14. We have seen a direct correlation between how much time they spend on their telephones, iPads and iPods – even watching TV – and their ability to concentrate and sleep [...]

Exercise motivation comes from connecting the dots

When it comes to staying fit and leading a healthy lifestyle, people ask me all the time about how to get motivated and stay motivated. After 20 years of teaching strength and conditioning, Empowered Yoga and other fitness strategies, I can state for certain that mental fitness is the key. Your body will do whatever [...]

Here is what’s in my favorite protein shake

Many strength training professionals endorse the idea of replenishing your muscles with protein after a workout. It helps your muscles to rebuild themselves. Others believe protein is only necessary if you’re going to exercise again within eight hours. Here’s why I like protein shakes after working out: I’m hungry! And protein shakes are easily digestible [...]

The power of “letting be”

What thoughts and stressors are robbing you of happiness? Maybe you are preoccupied with balancing your work schedule with your kids’ after-school soccer practices. Or you’re worried about the effect of today’s economy on your life. Whatever your personal frustrations may be, cultivating the ability to “let be” is an important aspect of living a [...]

The processed food temptation

Nutritionally speaking, I’m spoiled. My wife cooks healthy meals for our family that keeps my weight down and my mood elevated. Of course, I can’t always resist the sugary and salty treats that I’ve always loved: soft pretzels, pizza, cheese and soda. You can eat almost anything in moderation, but Game Day used to test [...]