Wellness

Our Wellness portal aspires to educate and empower you so that you can take preventive measures towards your well-being during these stressful times. You’ll find trustworthy articles from our coaches in mind/body health, nutrition, and lifestyle habits, with an emphasis on ancestral health principles. However, we don’t claim to have all the answers. We encourage our members to comment on our wellness posts and share your own experiences managing your health.

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By Helping Others, We Help Ourselves

By Helping Others, We Help Ourselves

“The value of our lives is not determined by what we do for ourselves. The value of our lives is determined by what we do for others.” – Simon Sinek If you’re fortunate to be in reasonably good health, how should you live your life? I believe there should be a quest...

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life

For many, family and work take up most of our time and psychosocial energy. Our thoughts are preoccupied with caring for our family, maintaining our house and climbing the career ladder. The pressures to succeed and for validation in a busy, tech-driven world can come...

Building a Culture of Resilience Over Zoom

Building a Culture of Resilience Over Zoom

While the pandemic has dramatically altered our lives and presented many challenges, older adults have been especially vulnerable. During the first year, stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures, increased the prevalence of social isolation and loneliness...

It’s Never Too Late to Climb That Mountain

It’s Never Too Late to Climb That Mountain

“Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn, so climb that goddamn mountain!” - Jack Kerouac For many of us, climbing a mountain might be a metaphor for attaining some form of success. However, it could also be...

Cycling Without Age – Trishaw Rides

Cycling Without Age – Trishaw Rides

Everyone has the right to feel the wind in their hair. That’s the motto behind a new Davis Bike Campaign program that brings the joy of bicycling to seniors, people with mobility limitations and others who are unable to ride on their own. This program is part of a...

How to Respond Wisely In Difficult Times

How to Respond Wisely In Difficult Times

“Do What You Can, With What You’ve Got, Where You Are” – Squire, Bill Widener The pandemic has dramatically altered our lives in ways we could never have imagined. During the first year, activities we took for granted such as going to the gym or a restaurant, or group...

Ancestral Health and the Active Grandparent Hypothesis

Ancestral Health and the Active Grandparent Hypothesis

“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” - Mahatma Gandhi If we want to preserve our health and live long, productive lives, we should look to our ancestral past. Retiring to an ease of life and leisure was not an option for...

It’s Time to Change the Narrative of Old Age and Retirement

It’s Time to Change the Narrative of Old Age and Retirement

“And in the end it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years.”- Abraham Lincoln I recently watched a documentary titled, Some Kind of Heaven, about a sprawling Disney-esque retirement community called The Villages, located in central...

Move It or Lose It! Your Quality of Life as You Age Depends on It.

Move It or Lose It! Your Quality of Life as You Age Depends on It.

"We must move our bodies or we begin to lose them… If we’re sluggish when young, we sacrifice full, independent, satisfying lives as we age. We grow frail when we might have been hearty, and sick when we might have been well”. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times “Phys...

How To Maintain Your Fitness Throughout Your Lifespan

How To Maintain Your Fitness Throughout Your Lifespan

It’s time to rewrite the old narrative of retirement that implies settling into an ease of life as you age. Retirees should resist the proverbial lure of the rocking chair and continue to be active, productive and engaged with others and their communities. In fact, as...

The Path To Good Health Is A Journey, Not A Destination

The Path To Good Health Is A Journey, Not A Destination

The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. ~ John “The Penguin” Bingham Attempts at improving our health through rigid exercise or exclusion diet programs have failed most people, and for good reason. First, our bodies never...

Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity

Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity

“Inactivity is the greatest public health threat of this century and it is almost completely preventable.” Dr. Frank Booth Here’s a sobering statistic. According to a study from the CDC, 97 percent of Americans fail to meet ‘healthy lifestyle’ criteria that can help...

Meet the Trash Titans!

Meet the Trash Titans!

Garbage. Waste. Detritus. Litter. Refuse. Junk. Debris. Dregs. No matter how you put it: we live in a world that is filled with trash. Driving down 2nd St. in Davis, walking across the UCD campus, traversing the bike path connecting downtown to South Davis – trash is...

Revisiting What It Means To Be Resilient

Revisiting What It Means To Be Resilient

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius In a recent article, I wrote about the health benefits of Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone. It may have seemed insensitive of me to espouse toughening up and taking on more...

Strategies To Build Your Resilience

Strategies To Build Your Resilience

Practicing healthy habits such as getting enough sleep, eating well, and pursuing an active, outdoor lifestyle, can boost resilience. Also, actively living according to one’s values or finding purpose in one’s life have been linked to higher resilience. Most...

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Why The Lure of Comfort Can Be Detrimental To Your Health And Longevity “It’s only when you step outside your comfort zone that you grow. Being uncomfortable is the path to personal development. It is the opposite of complacency.” Nic Lamb - World champion big-wave...

How To Age Well Into Retirement

How To Age Well Into Retirement

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing” George Bernard Shaw If you’re on the cusp of traditional retirement age like myself, many of us will have a third of our lives ahead of us, something unimaginable 100 years ago. But while...

Your Pain Could Be a Request for Change

Your Pain Could Be a Request for Change

Let me start by saying I’m sympathetic towards those dealing with chronic, muscular-skeletal pain. I've spent countless hours researching and studying this complex biological condition so that I can better understand your affliction and help you resolve your pain....

Take It Outside! The Health Benefits of Moving Your Body Outdoors

Take It Outside! The Health Benefits of Moving Your Body Outdoors

The pandemic has most of us feeling uneasy, isolated and uncertain about the future. Outings that we use to take for granted such as going to the grocery store or restaurant, or gym, have become angst ridden with new Covid variants that prompts mask and social...

Feeling Unmotivated to Exercise? Make it Social and Fun

Feeling Unmotivated to Exercise? Make it Social and Fun

For most of human history, our ancestors’ bipedal bodies were well adapted to move throughout their environment in a variety of ways that are unparalleled by any other land animal species. We are not the fastest, or strongest, or most graceful species, but we can walk...

Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Social Isolation

Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Social Isolation

The strongest predictor of resilience is having a social support network. Humans evolved to survive in groups, which is why loneliness can be a detriment to your health. The pandemic has made this more challenging by barring us from large group and family gatherings....

My Humble Thoughts On Food and Healthy Eating

My Humble Thoughts On Food and Healthy Eating

My thoughts on food and healthy eating habits run a similar narrative to other wellness topics that I’ve written about, which is usually based on my past experiences and current lifestyle habits influenced by ancestral health principles. I use the word food instead of...

Why Experiencing AWEsome Moments Can Build Your Resilience

Why Experiencing AWEsome Moments Can Build Your Resilience

The banner image above and on our homepage was taken with my iPhone during a 2018 hike of Mt. Whitney with friends. The image of my hiking companion looking down several thousand feet into the John Muir Wilderness was one of the most awe inspiring views of nature I’ve...

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Our Wellness portal will educate and empower you so that you can take preventive measures towards your well-being during these stressful times. You’ll find credible fitness and wellness articles and videos that will help you manage your physical and emotional health. Our resources offer trustworthy information in nutrition, emotional and physical health, and lifestyle habits with an emphasis on ancestral health.

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