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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Goodlife is Canada's largest gym chain. Not my gym: I'm a Y member. But a recent Globe interview with Goodlife founder David Patchell-Evans offers some interesting observations about how to lead --what else? -- a good life:


A couple of the most intriguing:

Operate from the presumption that everyone you meet is a good person. It tends to become a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Treat exercise like brushing your teeth. You don't have to do it faster and harder every day. Three times a week is OK: mostly success in fitness is about "showing up", getting it done . . .

Challenge yourself, but know when to "turn around": when enough is enough.

I like these ideas because they're not just achievable, they're sustainable. Not so glamorous maybe . . . but likely to lead to better results in the long run than embarking upon a more ambitious plan that is quickly abandoned.

What better results do we want? Right. It doesn't hurt to remember. This is about enjoying a good life.

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    Very sensible, reasonable suggestions! I've always been a believer in "Operate from the presumption that everyone you meet is a good person. It tends to become a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy." While there's never any guarantees in life, this comes close! :-)

    1871 days ago
    Yup - I learned long ago that if I ban certain foods from my life, I'll binge. Much easier for me to live with portion control. Or exercise that I can fit into my life, rather than forcing myself to do something I hate or that hurts.

    Changing a lifestyle is all about sustaining the changes, and enjoying the changes!
    1872 days ago
    Eliminating perfection and keeping it real -- sustainability is key!

    1872 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1872 days ago
    A great article with really good advice not only on fitness and exercise but life in general. I believe the first one about assuming all people we meet are nice is the toughest one to apply because most of us have been raised with the "don't talk to strangers" principle.
    Thank you for sharing!
    1872 days ago
  • _LINDA
    For me exercise is like brushing my teeth, I sure miss it if I don't do it, But there are times maybe I shouldn't be so intense or go so hard or so often, challenging myself too much for what I can ask of my ailing body. 3 times a week?? I think I would go stir crazy with that little :-P It does make so much sense though -all things in moderation, like Spark's mantra.
    I inherently like to think there is good in all people, it would be so nice and its only right to treat everyone like you would expect to be treated yourself!
    Thanks for the link -no wonder his gyms have lasted and thrived!
    1873 days ago
    I tend to see the good in people, but I never fully trust anyone! Its a means to stay safe and resevred in case they tend to be bad people! As with exercise and eating I would like to say I eat to live and not live to eat, it tends to keep me healthy, but I rather be a person who leans towards being healthy by eating small amount to live better, but if I am hungry I eat less. To control what one thinks and eats is a good rule to have. Its my challenge to eat less!
    1873 days ago
  • DALID414
    The first one is interesting. I tend to think all strangers are bad until they prove otherwise. It's less of a blow if they are bad, than assuming they're good and getting 'let down' when you find out they aren't.
    1873 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    My life experience agrees with the idea that our assumptions about others are usually self-fulfilling (though the occasional person delights me when I didn't expect very much). I also agree that fitness and health do not have to be stress-filled, super-achieving, do better, more, bigger, best arenas; instead, I can pursue in an easy way those things that had always seemed so difficult and by approaching them with ease I find they fit right into my life the way I always hoped they would.
    1873 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
    1873 days ago
    Great ideas - here's to achievable!
    1873 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I like that comment about success being about just showing up. That was me dragging myself to the Y after work yesterday. It is also a good reminder to view others in a positive way. I enjoyed the article. Thanks.
    1873 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Sustainable is the key.
    Patch make some excellent points. It is about what we do.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
    1873 days ago
    I guess it's true that slow and steady wins the race.
    1873 days ago
    You're right. Sometimes we forget that very important fact.
    1873 days ago
    I have his book read it when I joined 2 years ago, no longer with the gym but still read his book from time to time because it gives me inspiration. I appreciate his advice.

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1873 days ago
    "I like these ideas because they're not just achievable, they're sustainable." Amen! emoticon
    1873 days ago
    Great advice!

    I'm a Y member too.
    "80% of life is showing up" (often attributed to Woody Allen)
    1873 days ago
    thanks for sharing have a great day
    1873 days ago
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