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Do You Live In One of America’s Fittest Cities?

Have you ever visited a city and you could just tell the environment supported high performing athletes and health enthusiast? There are certainly cities out there that will make you question your lifestyle and health choices! Environmental Factors such as; parks, farmer’s markets, bike commuting, golf courses and swimming pools play a huge role in determining the country’s fittest cities, but also that a large percentage of the population meets CDC physical activity guidelines, eats the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily and has low rates of health issues like heart disease, diabetes and asthma. Take a look below to see if your city made the top 5 this year:

1.Washington, DC

2. Minneapolis, MN

3. San Diego, CA

4. San Francisco, CA

5. Sacramento, CA


Interested to see who else made the cut? View more cities here.

4 Ways To Handle Defeat Like a Champ!

A victory is always so sweet that you don’t realize the pain of the game until you are on the other end of the stick. As you endure through life, it is next to impossible to dodge the bullet of defeat at some point. Whether it is the loss of a big business deal, or winning first place in this weekends competition, we don’t want you to ever lose sight of that glorious victory dance we know you’ve practiced a time or two. Below are 4 ways from Doug Sandler to handle defeat like the champ you are:


1)Learn a lesson. Use this opportunity (yes, there is opportunity in defeat) to reflect on what just happened. Did you lose the deal because you were unresponsive to your customer or was your pricing too high? Did you and your team deliver poor service or were you in over your head when you started? Take away from your defeat a lesson and try to keep it from happening in the future.

2) See the glass half full. Look at all the good things you are accomplishing. Be an optimist and get your head in the right place. You are taking risk when you step outside your comfort zone. Get uncomfortable, you will succeed. Stay positive, focused and happy. Your positive perception of a situation will help you stay upbeat. See the glass filled to the brim.

3) Every failure puts you one step closer to success. Play the odds and know they are now in your favor. If you have just experienced defeat, all is good, you are getting closer to success.

4) Believe in yourself. I saved this one for last because if all else fails believing in yourself will pull you through. I have experienced time and time again when the only thing holding me from defeat was faith in myself and the words, “I can do it.” You are strong enough, good enough and deserving of all scores in the win column.”



Read more from Doug Sandler here. He also has a best selling book, Nice Guys Finish First, available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle and Audible.

Dudes: This Will Make You Better In The Bedroom…

Let’s cut to the chase and establish that, yes, the majority of yogis are sexy flexible women…but there’s more than one reason, other than picking up chicks, that dudes should be doing yoga as well. Too many men are missing out on reaching their potential as a High Performance individual with better flexibility which will lead to improvement in other sports and even better bedroom habits. If you’re really needing some proof of testosterone then check out the fact that, according to Men’s Fitness Magazine, NFL teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants are practicing yoga. Here are some more facts to prove more men should be Mastering yoga:

  1. Relieve stress.

We all find ways to deal with stress. But Terrence Monte, a managing teacher at Pure Yoga, says, “going to amped up gyms or punching a punching bag can make you more aggressive or more tired.” Yoga, on the other hand, employs a number of relaxation techniques, which, with regular practice, can make you calmer overall. Sadie Nardini, host of “Rock Your Yoga,” adds, “Along with training your body, yoga trains your mind to see the bigger picture and act from integrity instead of freaking out. If you want to be more James Bond than Charlie Sheen, get yourself on the mat.” Being forced to unplug from text, calls, and email for 60 to 90 minutes doesn’t hurt either.

  1. Get flexible. 

Most series of yoga asanas (physical postures) include one or more spinal twists to loosen the many joints that make up your spine. This can improve your tennis game and golf swing, as well as promote detoxification and good digestion. Yogi Cameron Alborizan, Ayurvedic healer, yoga guru, and author of The One Plan, says, “Think of the body as a sponge filled with dirty sink water. Gentle twists help to wring the sponge out and purge toxins.”


  1. Sculpt muscles.

Yoga uses the weight of your own body to build mass and strength. Don’t believe it? Think about how many clunky free-weights it takes to bench press your bodyweight (150–200 lbs.)—yoga allows you to get the same muscle-building benefits by performing long, extended pushups, squats, and leg lifts. The results are well-worked muscle groups, which get stronger with each class.

4. Have better sex. 

One way to improve your performance in the bedroom is to translate all those relaxation and breathing techniques from yoga class into better, longer sex. Yogi Cameron says these strengthened concentration skills will help you focus your mind and better channel your sexual energy, helping to prevent premature ejaculation. “This can lead to increased sexual endurance,” he says, “and will make you far more sensitive and responsive to your partner.” Trust us, she’ll thank you for it.





If that isn’t convincing enough then check out more facts from Men’s Fitness here

8 High Performance People Who Were Once Deemed Failures

It’s easy to get discouraged after the feeling of failure washes over you, but it’s important to remind yourself that the most brilliant, High Performing People, used their “failures” to become some of the most successful people known around the world. So the next time you’re feeling like you can’t do anything right, just remember you’re not alone, these masterminds were once right there with ya’!


1)Thomas Edison

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“An inventor known for his many failures long before his successes, Thomas Edison was even told that he was “too stupid to learn anything” by one of his TEACHERS early on in life. Yet everyone knows the name of the man responsible for inventing the lightbulb — even if it took him 1,001 attempts to get it right. His perseverance with this particular invention clearly embodies his positive saying, ‘I have not failed 10,000 times — I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.’”




2) Walt Disney



Even the head of the world’s largest animation empire hit a rough patch. In 1919 he was fired from the Kansas City Star because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas,”ACCORDING to his editor.




3) The Beatles 

When The Beatles AUDITIONED for Decca Records in 1962, Dick Rowe told their manager Brian Epstein, “Guitar groups are on their way out.” Despite that dismissal, the English rock band went on to become one of the most influential groups of all time.




                                             4) Vincent van Gogh

His paintings may be worth millions today, but no one really gave them a second thought during van Gogh’s lifetime. In fact, he managed to create almost 900 paintings in a span of 10 years, yet he only lived to see a single one sold (which went to a friend at a very LOW PRICE).




5) J.K. Rowling


Before J.K. Rowling hit it big with Harry Potter, she was a broke,

DIVORCEDsingle mother struggling to get by on welfare. In a matter of five years,

the series took off, leading her to become the first billionaire author.





6) F. Scott Fitzgerald



Scott Fitzgerald had extremely high hopes for his 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, hoping for “something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned.” Unfortunately, the book received mixed reviews upon its release, and sales proved even worse. It wasn’t until after he died in 1940, considering himself a forgotten failure, that the book struck a chord with the country to the point of becoming a classic component of every high schooler’s literature EDUCATION.

 7) Albert Einstein

Einstein was a late bloomer, not speaking until age 4 or reading until age 7. These challenges did not prevent him from winning the Nobel prize in physics for discovering the photoelectric effect and developing the relativity theory. There’s no doubt that the folks at Zurich Polytechnic School regret their initial rejection of the man whose name is now synonymous with “genius.”  






 8)Emily Dickinson


The now-beloved letters and poetry of Emily Dickinson failed to resonate with their audience at first. While the author ultimately shared approximately 1,800 complete works with the world, fewer than a dozen of them were published in her lifetime.”









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