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Shaman-healer Brant Secunda and six-time world champion Ironman Mark Allen are body-soul fitness experts and seminar leaders known for blending ancient shamanic wisdom with the latest scientific findings on nutrition, fitness, mood, and stress. They teach seminars worldwide, and offer fresh tips and advice for improving health and well-being. Secunda was recently nominated for a MacArthur Award, and Allen was named "the fittest man in America" by Outside magazine. Their new book is Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to Healthier, Happier You (BenBella Books).

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How Athletes Like Derek Jeter Stay Competitive As They Age

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 11:51 AM

The millions of fans who watched Derek Jeter drive in the winning run in his last hometown at-bat -- after 20 record-breaking years on the diamond -- will not soon forget this 40-year-old Yankee. Why do some great athletes reach their potential early, then fizzle out, while others inspire us...

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For Huichol Shamans, Laughter Is Strong Medicine for Stress

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Laughter is an important part of Huichol life and tradition. They say it is a key element to healing, living, and being a whole person. No situation is beyond the bounds of humor for the Huichol -- NOTHING! They love to laugh and tease each other and joke around. They...

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Overcoming Limitations: 10 Huichol Secrets for Finding Hidden Strength

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Huichol elders often seem to exude an aura of inner strength and serenity, and know ancient secrets for cultivating that power. Based on Huichol wisdom, here are 10 tips you can use in business, sports, or any performance activity for finding hidden sources of inner strength.

Consistency: There is strength...

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Ist Ihr Leben aus der Balance geraten? Mit diesen sechs Tricks kommt das Gleichgewicht zurück

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:25 AM

Wenn Ihr Leben in Balance ist, sind sie fitter, insgesamt gesünder und können eine positivere Lebenseinstellung haben. Die richtige Balance hilft uns, ausgeglichener zu sein und uns geborgener zu fühlen - in jeder Situation.

Wir vergessen oft, auf unseren Körper zu achten und erst recht, uns zu...

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Is Your Life in Balance? 6 Ways to Find Out

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Maintaining balance in your life enables you to be more fit, have better overall health and embrace a better attitude toward life. Balance helps us feel more peaceful and at home in just about any situation.

We often forget to notice and give thanks when our body and soul...

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5 Truths We Can Draw From the Natural World

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:43 PM

The indigenous Huichol people of Mexico still live by ancient shamanic teachings. Shamanism originates from the universal relationship with the earth that all people have. From living among the Huichols and learning their ways, Brant discovered a completely new, but actually very old, way to live in balance with the...

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When Self-Improvement Gets Boring, Try These 6 Motivational Strategies

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 8:13 AM

As human beings, we're always striving to be better. The most common self-improvement goals people set, particularly this time of year, are things like losing weight, improving our cholesterol numbers or blood pressure, or getting in shape for a marathon. These are body goals. They are concrete and easy to...

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3 Life Lessons We Can Learn from the Natural World

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:01 PM

We learn by observing others, receiving formal instruction, and reading and exploring on our own. The mere act of living and interacting with others provides experiences that challenge us and encourage us to think, grow, and ask questions.

But there's another very powerful entity that can teach us how to...

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Three Elements of Body-Soul Fitness

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 11:44 AM

When most people think of "fitness," they think of big muscles, speed and agility, or ideal body weight. But plenty of physically fit people are unhappy, pessimistic, and drained of spirit. Fitness needs a makeover. True fitness needs to include emotional and spiritual well-being, which provide the foundation for attaining...

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Seven Ways to Spring Clean Your Soul

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 7:49 AM

When magnolias, forsythias, and daffodils colour the landscape after a long winter, one can't help but feel a sense of hope. As birds migrate back up to their homes in North America and animals come out of hibernation, we see and hear a lot of busy creatures preparing their nests,...

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Six Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 6:08 AM

February is American Heart Month. It provides a wonderful opportunity for us to focus on the organ that beats around three billion times, nonstop, in the average human lifetime. Your heart keeps you alive. It sends life-giving oxygen, nutrients, and natural medicine through your bloodstream to all parts of your...

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How to Gain Ironman-like Endurance

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 7:01 AM

We were excited when Mark, a six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, was recently named ESPN's "Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time." But when the two of us first met, Mark was a triathlete who just couldn't win.

Mark began his career as a triathlete in 1982. By...

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Five Ways to Practice Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 11:06 AM

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Once a person internalizes what it means to be grateful, fresh opportunities pop up, barriers to change disappear, and new relationships become possible. Here are five ways to learn and practice gratitude.

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Appreciate daily events.
Too often we...

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14 Ways to Get Kids Exercising -- and Off the Couch

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 2:13 PM

If one parent is obese, there's a 50 percent chance that their children will also be obese, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. But when exercise is a regular part of the family's activities, everyone wins.

A few things to keep in mind when...

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The Competition Mindset of Olympic Athletes -- and How You Can Acquire It Too

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 10:44 AM

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Watching the 2012 Summer Olympics, we got to thinking about what it takes to arrive at the pinnacle of one's sport. What is the competition mindset and how does one acquire it?

As an Ironman World Champion, Mark knows a lot about competing...

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7 Ways to Pick Up the Pace of Weight Loss

(12) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 3:42 PM

According to the Mayo Clinic, after some initial weight loss, most of us will hit a plateau unless we change a few behaviors -- for instance, by eating less and exercising more. This is because our metabolism -- the process of burning calories for energy -- slows as...

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8 Ways To Be Great This Spring

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 6:40 AM

If winter is the time to hunker down and be meditative, spring is the time to spring into action. If you're ready to shake off the winter blahs and the extra padding you accumulated over the past few months, take a cue from nature.

Think about it:...

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The Art of Creating Structure -- 5 Ways to Boost Your Fitness Motivation

(3) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 9:50 AM

A question we are asked time and again by people who are trying to change their health and their physical appearance is this: How can I stay motivated?

Mark offers a great answer for this: create a structure. To be a six-time world champion triathlete requires systematic training--persistent, day-after-day, scheduled...

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A Conversation With 'Soulful Decluttering' Expert Barry Dennis

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 5:27 PM

Many spiritual thinkers, including Don José Matsuwa, the 110-year-old Huichol shaman with whom Brant lived and studied for 12 years, believe that having too many possessions around us can detract from our inner peace and balance. When we learned about the work of thought leader Barry Dennis, who advocates simplifying...

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If You Want to Lose Weight, Calm Down -- 10 Stress-Management Strategies

(13) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 7:20 AM

A number of studies show that stress not only leads to weight gain, but it also inhibits weight loss in people who are seemingly doing everything right. For example, a recent study published in the journal Hormones found that chronic stress leads to overeating, co-elevation of cortisol and...

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